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I've just been painting my parents old house before I put it on the market.
I came across a really old broken thermostat which has probably been there since my Dad moved in back in the 60s. I removed it and was hoping an electrician would come and make the wires safe, but nobody is interested.

So looks like I'm going to have to do it, but haven't really got a clue what to do.
I read that I need some caps or a junction box?

Any advice guys?
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First question, is the cable live? Can you follow the cable back to where it comes from and see is it still connected.
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Personally I would put a connector on them so no bare copper and cover with a blanking plate Image main point is the blanking plate shows there is an electric wire under it.
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But you don't want to touch them if they are live, which begs the question, who / how was the old stat removed?
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someone-else wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:22 pm
First question, is the cable live? Can you follow the cable back to where it comes from and see is it still connected.
They are live. I think they lead back to the adjoining living room, but a staircase was installed years ago. I'd have thought that this would have been taken out back then.
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But you don't want to touch them if they are live, which begs the question, who / how was the old stat removed?
The thermostat was removed by unscrewing after turning off the leccy at the mains.
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How do you know they are live?

Is there another room stat in the house?

You could always put a single connector block on each wire (Mains off first) and cover it with a blank plate as ericmark suggested
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If they are definitely live then my usualy method is to put the wires into a connector (chocolate) block and then wrap in electrical tape. In your case I would then put a cover plate over it as Eric suggests. If you can disconnect the wires at the other end though and make them safe the job would be a lot simpler and safer.
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