Exposed cables outside a house are not only vulnerable to weather and animal life, but they also constitute a possible electrical threat. According to most building rules, covering exposed wires is a priority as well as a legal necessity.
You can conceal exposed wires with an electrical conduit from the point of attachment inside your home to the point where they connect to an outside device. When the wires are covered, they pose less of a hazard and have the added benefit of surviving years longer before needing repair.
But even if your cables are covered, don’t take any chances by utilizing any old wire or extension cord. Make certain that any cables you use are waterproof. Water will make its way into any crevice or crack, and following this easy step will provide you with peace of mind and fewer malfunctions or short circuits down the road.
Use A Raceway
The most practical option to conceal electrical cables on the outside of a wall is to add some type of cable management system, such as a cable or wire raceway. Also, some cable raceways are pre-treated for chemical or UV ray exposure in addition to being waterproof. To save time and money, try to buy these in a color that is close to the color of your house.
How To Install A Raceway
1 – Determine the best type of raceway for your requirements. They can be found on the Internet as well as at numerous home and garden stores, and hardware stores. They are available in a variety of colors and styles and are designed to cover basic wires as well as broad and thick raceways that will cover cables or numerous wire sets, such as audio or AV harnesses.
2 – Figure out which type works best for you. There are self-adhesive, snap-together varieties that adhere to the wall or baseboard. There are additional varieties that are screwed into the wall or woodwork. Screw mounts are more permanent, but they take more time to install. Self-adhesive types may come loose with time, but they are simpler to install.
3 – Clean the area where the racetrack will be installed. This is particularly important if you use a self-adhesive type. Wipe out the entire area where you will mount the racetrack with a towel dipped in a soapy dishwater solution. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
4 – Fit the parts together. Run a section of the racetrack up against the wall until it reaches its destination. Make a mark at the end with a marker. To cut the plastic, use a hacksaw with a miter box. Straight cuts are all that is required, but the miter box allows you to keep the pieces steady as you cut them.
5 – Connect the racetrack to the wall. The racetrack will be divided into two halves. The back attachment piece and the front attachment piece. The component that attaches to the wall is the back. Once in place, the front snaps over the rear piece. If you’re using adhesive strips, remove the backing from the back attachment piece and glue it to the wall. Firmly press it into place. If you mount it with screws, screw holes may be pre-formed in the raceway. In that instance, drill a hole through the raceway pre-formed hole into the wall; otherwise, drill directly through the plastic every 12 inches or so. If you are drilling a hole through drywall, insert a wall moly into the hole.
6 – Run the wires along the attachment piece’s raceway, then straight behind it with the front piece. The front piece will latch into the attachment piece, concealing the cables as it goes.
7 – Attach corner or coupling pieces where the raceway ends meet. Corner pieces allow you to join 90-degree corners, whereas couplings allow you to connect two straight pieces.
Paint The Wires
If your cable wires will be attached to the outside of your home, consider painting them or the tubing they are housed in to match the color of the exterior. For the best coverage, grab a chip of your house’s paint and match it at any paint store. Painting your wires will not only help them blend in but will also protect them from UV rays.
If you want to paint your wires, you’ll need the following supplies:
- A sponge
- Matching outdoor paint
Now follow these steps in the correct order:
- To begin, lightly scrub the length of the wiring with a sponge. This will allow the paint to adhere better and run less.
- Spray the primer along the length of your cable.
- If you’re using canned paint, combine 1/10 part water and 9/10 part paint. Fill the spray pistol halfway with the mixture and coat the cable wire.
- Allow the paint to dry before installing.
Grounding Protector For Cable Wires
Purchase a floor cable raceway if you don’t care about the looks of your cable lines and merely want to keep them from being run over or torn. These are made of plastic and available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Some raceways are narrower and snake along the cord’s length. Others are more robust and stable, resulting in a roof that can be driven over. Choose based on the level of adaptability or protection required for your cable wires.
Use A Cable Box
Consider acquiring a cable box to house the slack if you have excess wires stacking up and causing an eyesore. You can buy a basic waterproof plastic box or drill a box or cable wire housing receptacle into the side of your house. This box can also be painted to match the color of your house to help it blend in.
Outdoor Decorative Cover
Many people are effective in concealing wires beneath decorative items. String light wiring, for example, might be hidden by beautiful porch roof molding. Designers have also created beautiful boxes to conceal wires, security keypads, circuit breakers, and other electrical devices.
Do-it-yourselfers frequently construct covers with imitation rustic and modern decorative motifs. A property owner, for example, may conceal wires, cables, and related devices behind or beneath a cover fashioned to resemble a stone pedestal, a sculpture, a lighthouse, a birdhouse, a miniature shed, or a small closed-door and walled entryway.
As you can see, you can cover up your exposed cables in a variety of different ways. Before deciding on a particular solution, examine what is most convenient for your lifestyle and budget. After all, what matters is to pick what works best for you.