Feb 20, 2014: surface mounted electrical system

We’re nearly finished installing the plywood on the interior walls. I’ll try to post some pics this weekend.

Meanwhile I’m working on figuring out the details for the surface-mounted electrical system. Basically we’ll run a hollow “picture rail” around each room above window and door height that will carry the wires for the power and lighting circuits. Then wherever we want a switch, powerpoint or light we’ll run a conduit up or down the wall to the required height. The point of this system is that in the future we’ll be able to make changes as needed without having to tear into the walls. When you have a house with no attic and no crawl space it’s very difficult to make changes or repairs if everything is hidden inside the walls.

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