Can you identify this?

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    Obviously, it's electrical, and it's a through-wall [-ceiling?] mount. Have you looked at the other side of the wall to see what pokes through? From the look of it, it's pretty new, and pretty crudely put in -- have you had any work done recently? Without any other information, it looks to me like a bell transformer, intended to drive your doorbell circuit from the power mains voltage [roughly a 10:1 stepdown], but it could also be the back of a loudspeaker [as for a security system] or some kind of light fixture, or even part of your HVAC system. If it's on the ceiling, get up above it and check it out.
     
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    It's through the wall but nothing is on the other side. In fact, this is the part of the wall above the closet door. The alarm system wiring is in that closet, but not on that wall and the alarm wiring doesn't even remotely resemble what's connected to that. The door bell is on another wall adjacent to the closet, but why not put the door bell speaker near it's wires?
     
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    was there a picture there before?
     
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    Because then your doorbell would be in a closet and you wouldn't be able to hear it.

    My bet is doorbell transformer. [​IMG] Mine looks just like it...but is in the basement just below where my doorbell is mounted.

    The old guy who installed the one in my home also installed one of those old-fashioned throw-switches (think Frankenstein, but smaller) on the circuit. When I was walking around in my basement just after buying the house, I noticed it and opened the circuit....not knowing what I was doing. Took me awhile to figure out why my doorbell wsan't working. :b Guess the old guy didn't like trick-or-treaters or something. [​IMG]
     
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    It's definitely a transformer, apparently box-mounted as a light fixture would be. It would be interesting to see if it has high- or low-voltage running to it, but that would require loosening the two screws and looking behind the mounting plate to see what kind of wiring it is -- not something I would recommend you do, in case it does have high-voltage running to it.

    The wires connected to the transformer's secondary (I presume) winding simply run into the wall without going through the junction box. These are presumably low-voltage and probably exit above the wall in the space above the closet. If you have access to that space (is it the attic?), then look for the 2x4 that tops that wall, and see if there's a small hole drilled into it with a matching wire exiting from it. Follow that wire, and your mystery may be solved.
     
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    Sheesh - everyone here is trying to make it too complicated... It is obvious to anyone who looks that it is simply a red x in a box. Sheesh!
     
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    On my computer, it's a white question mark in a blue box. [​IMG]

    A bit more complicated now, eh?
     
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    I see absolutely nothing, no white box, no blue box, nothing!

    Maybe it's a ghost?

    Jay
     
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    Pixels...that is what my guess would be.

    Plain old pixels.

    [​IMG]
     
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    That's all I see too.......
     
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    I don't know what I'd do if I found a red X in my closet.
     
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    Hmmmm. Doesn't look like a red x to me at all.

    Looks more like a transformer with two big thick gray wires and a bunch of thinner, more colorful, wires and one bright orange wire cap.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Dr. Rorschach...paging Dr. Rorschach!
     
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    This is strange. I see nothing. No red box, no question mark, nothing. I wonder why. Any thoughts on why some of us see a graphic while some don't?
     
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    John, it depends on how your browser handles bad picture links. Internet Explorer will show the red X, Netscape and Firefox don't show anything, and Safari (on the Mac) is where I saw the blue question mark, etc.
     
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    firefox shows me nothing, ie shows 2 red x's.
     
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    still no go for me on either link.

    You do not have permission to get the requested URL from this server.
     
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