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Old 03-02-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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I am installing a light on the top of my closet and the power source is inside, so I will be running a small surface mount conduit from inside the closet to come then go in the wall and to the power source (a receptacle). So the wire is basically going to go from being in a conduit, to going inside the wall. What is the proper way to transition the wire entering the wall? Is it as simple as patching over it, or would I need to use some kind of special connector of some sort, like when a wire enters an electrical panel?

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The line going straight down is actually inside the wall. The rest is surface mounted.


I know the proper way would be to run it all inside the drywall, but I don't want to be doing huge drywall work in a living space, too much dust, not to mention all my clothes are in that closet. Trying to keep the drywall work to a minimum.

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Old 03-02-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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I don't know this for a fact, but I would assume you can just run the conduit through the drywall and terminate it about a half inch or so behind the drywall. I wouldn't think there is a special termination fitting to go through drywall. Just a normal plastic bushing to go on the end of the conduit to protect the cable's sheathing from the sharp edges of the end of the conduit.

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Ahh I never even thought of that. This is what I am dealing with now. Should I maybe redo that conduit? I can always cut more of the drywall so it just goes straight out.
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Wire mold makes a fitting (pic above is illegal) that has a 1/2" knockout for connector and transitions to the raceway.
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Wire mold makes a fitting (pic above is illegal) that has a 1/2" knockout for connector and transitions to the raceway.
Where would I find such fitting and how does it look like?

I ended up doing adpanko's idea, but if it's illegal then I rather do it to code.
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I will try to find a pic - you can get them at HD, LOWES, or a electrical supply house.
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Couldn't find a pic, but try this link
http://www.electricsupplyonline.com/...85_w004005.php
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I got carried away and finished the job anyway.

http://www.redsquirrel.me/2010/03/sm...l-project.html

I will still look at a proper end cap though, but my current setup is a bit better then the original pic. I stapled the wire just at the end of the conduit so it's not just loose, it's staples that have small nails so it hit the stud. Wire is nice and tight.
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Red, Did I miss something? Why is the fixture outside the closet. Just curious. Thanks.
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Red, Did I miss something? Why is the fixture outside the closet. Just curious. Thanks.
There is no light source in the room. The only power outlet controlled by a switch is inside that closet. My other option was to run an extension cord to a lamp and plug it in the closet but I don't really like extension cords for a permanent solution. Looks sloppy.

Now when I turn the switch on I have light in the room.
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There is no light source in the room. The only power outlet controlled by a switch is inside that closet. My other option was to run an extension cord to a lamp and plug it in the closet but I don't really like extension cords for a permanent solution. Looks sloppy.

Now when I turn the switch on I have light in the room.
Got it. Looks good.

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