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Electrical Question: What kind of surface conduit can I use to run power from a wall outlet to a light fixture?

I would like to retrofit an overhead light by using some type of conduit from one of the room wall outlets that is pointless to use since what ever that is plugged into it will get in the way since the area is a traffic area.

This home electrical question came from: Ken, a Handyman in Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Ken.

How to Wire Electrical Outlets

Application: Wiring a 120Volt Outlet and Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture and outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.

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2 Responses to “Installing Surface Mount Wall Outlets”
  1. Marianne says:

    Trying to install a metal surface mounted GFCI. Could only get the GFCI cover plate for a double gang metal surface box-ok, no problem. turns out, the holes to mount the receptacle are not threaded so the screws won’t secure it. I guess I have to use nuts. Also I will have to cut off the threaded holes for the standard plastic cover plate. Who designs this stuff? They could have just put the cut out diagonally and made smaller holes to accommodate the screws. How is this supposed to be done? I can’t figure out how this is a GFCI cover yet that is how it is labeled. I’ll send pictures if you tell me how to submit them.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Marianne,
    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your GFCI outlets. Keep in mind that there are several brands of GFCI outlets, and it would be best to make sure the GFCI outlet and cover is compatible with each other, and compatible with the box where the outlet will be installed.
    FYI – Asking an Electrical Question using the links found on all of the pages of the site will enable you to attach photos.

    I hope this helps you,