How to Add Outlets Easily With Surface Wiring

Running wiring in surface channels eliminates the big job of opening walls.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Hacksaw
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Utility knife
  • Wire stripper/cutter

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Channel system
  • Electrical wire, three colors
  • Hollow wall anchors
  • Receptacles
  • Wire connectors, various sizes
  • Cover plates