How to Install Surface-Mounted Wiring and Conduit

With metal conduit, you can run power almost anywhere. We'll show you how to do it safely and easily.

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Cordless drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Wire stripper/cutter

1/2" conduit bender, fish tape

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 3/4" x 24" threaded water pipe (handle for conduit bender)
  • 1/2" EMT conduit
  • 4 x 4 x 1-1/2 in. metal boxes
  • 4-in. square raised covers
  • 1/2-in. offset setscrew connectors
  • 1/2-in. couplings
  • conduit straps
  • 15-amp switch
  • receptacles
  • 12-gauge (for 20 AMP) or 14-gauge (for 15 AMP) THHN wiring
  • Anchors and screws (for masonry walls)