How to Hide Wires Along the Wall

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Wires running along a wall are not only unsightly but a possible tripping hazard, as well. Wires that are carrying electrical voltage, supplied from the main panel box, may also present a hazard of shocking proportions. These wires can get damaged by being sucked into the moving parts of a vacuum cleaner. A solution to hide and protect these wires is available from most hardware and home stores. It is either a metal or plastic conduit cable cord cover in which the loose wires are placed. In most installations, the conduit runs on the upper ridge of the baseboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Cable cord cover
  • Pencil
  • Hacksaw
  • Paint (optional)
  • Screwdriver (optional)
  • Find the overall distance that you need to conceal the wires, using the tape measure. Transfer that measurement with the pencil to the cable cord cover.

  • Cut the cable cord cover to length with the hacksaw. Various cable cord covers are manufactured differently. Some units come in two parts: a cover and a rear wall mount. In some cases, the hidden rear wall mount will have either an adhesive backing or utilize screws to secure the cover to the wall. Other units will be of singular construction in which the cable slides through a square or round tube. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to attaching the cable cord cover to the wall.

  • Paint the cable cord cover any colors you may want to use to match the interior wall color. It will be best to perform this task prior to installing the unit to the wall. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions for complete dry or cure times for the paint.

  • Secure the cable cord cover to the wall using the manufacturer's supplied method. Slide the cable or wires through the cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many cable cord covers will have separate inside and outside corner covers. These corners will be sold separately. It will be to your advantage to have a route already planned before purchasing all the parts. Make a simple pencil sketch for your particular installation and take it with you when buying the parts.
  • Follow all local electrical regulations when installing any type of electrical installation.
  • Some plastic conduit may not be approved for certain higher voltages.

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