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Old 02-10-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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What products are used to house wiring runs from box to box when there are no hollow walls?
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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I'm sorry. I should have said, "What products, which might look less industrial than EMT, can be used for wire runs . . . "

As in maybe, "What gets used in uninsulated sheds and garages to do box-to-box wire runs, in residential work, and can look good?"
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See post 2.

EMT can actually look fine if the person bending it knows what they are doing.

I guess I'm missing why it has to look good in a garage or shed.
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Dare I say.....conduit.

I think code overrides "looks".
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"What gets used in uninsulated sheds and garages to do box-to-box wire runs, in residential work, and can look good?"
A handsome electrician.

You don't really have many options in a situation like that. If EMT is unacceptable, you could go with surface-mount raceways that are often used in older homes when it's impractical to destroy a lot of plaster and lath to get wiring to where you need it.

But to actually have it blend in nicely, about all I can suggest is a good router and a hefty budget.
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Got any pics? If the client really doesn't want to see conduit, maybe build some enclosures after the conduit is in. Up a pole you could put a couple pieces of 1 by 1 shimming up the side and then a board covering and have it all match the post. Or something like that.

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EMT or even wiremold, they can both be painted to match the wood so it isnt seen as easily. I had to run some wiremold in a seasonal home that was all beams and 2"X6" v-joint solid walls but the HO didnt want an eye sore. It took me some time to match the paint to the wood as the wood was different colors throughout the house but the HO was very pleased in the end.
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Thanks. I know about wiremold and will look into it further. I had thought something else other than WM and EMT might surface, if I asked here.

The client paid a huge premium to have this barn/garage/shop done in timberframe, versus a stick-built structure, and is now getting around to the electrical. Looks like another big premium is coming.
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Only other way is to run the wires in the beams like a log home but this takes planning as it is built. I have also routered out the beams before and put a wood trim over the wire to cover it. For the most part it looks ok but you can see the where the work was done. Drilling the length of the beam through the center is a nightmare but can be done too, again that needs to be done as it is built.
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Build a hollow base to run the horizontal wires in and then fish the wires up to switches.
What is the wall constructed out of?
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in log houses really long drill bits and romex do the trick
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Build a hollow base to run the horizontal wires in and then fish the wires up to switches.
What is the wall constructed out of?
I concur. You can get a good carpenter to get creative with trim and cover up a wire channel. You could also get outlets mounted on the face of said hollow base using cut-in boxes.
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The method we use is routing a grove in the beam and then putting a trim piece over the grove.

The other method is to drill with the long flex bit up at an angle when you come out drill back the other way. Put wood putty and stain at the places where you came out.

We also run the lines on the roof before the singles go down.
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Sounds like the guy that got paid a huge premium to build this Post& Beam Barn without a plan for the electric got some S-planing ta do

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