How to Install Wiremold

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Wiremold is brand of surface-mounted PVC or metal channel used to hide a variety of wires, from home-theater system cables to telephone cable. It sticks to the wall with a self-adhesive backing and may have a removable or hinged cover to make it easy to run the wires. Wiremold provides a neat appearance while eliminating tripping hazards caused by cords lying loose around the room. It's relatively inexpensive and is easy to install with a couple of simple tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fine-tooth hacksaw
  • Level
  • Measure the distance where you want to install the channel to conceal household wires. Plan out your route, making note of how many flat 90-degree turns, inside and outside corners, T-fittings and couplings you need. Purchase enough materials to complete your project.

  • Cut your first piece of channel if necessary, using a fine-tooth hacksaw. Peel the protective strip off the back of the channel. Position it on the wall, using a level as a guide. Press the channel in place.

  • Open or snap off the cover on your first piece of channel. Slide the wire or cable into the channel, then snap the lid closed.

  • Attach a coupling, corner or T-fitting to the open end of the channel. Peel off the backing and press the fitting onto the wall. Snap open the cover and carefully place your wire inside. Snap the cover closed.

  • Continue running straight sections, cutting them to proper length, adding fittings as needed and running your wire through the channel until you reach the end of your route.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose the smallest channel that will safely accommodate the size of wires you want to hide.

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