Extend power to a new room or wall with metal raceway
Electrical raceway, often called surface-mounted wiring, is a track of metal tubing that carries wiring across a wall surface, allowing you to use an existing electrical receptacle to power a new ceiling fan. When you use raceway to add a new fixture to a circuit, you don’t have to cut into your walls.
Wiremold’s heavy-duty, metal-component raceway system is an excellent solution for adding wiring for additional outlets, light fixtures or ceiling fans in a garage, workshop or basement. Your project can be made easier by using our Project Planner to map out your project. After installation, the raceway can be painted with latex paint to match your décor.
This project guide will walk you step by step through a metallic raceway wiring installation for mounting a ceiling fan. Before beginning your installation, measure from the location of the new light appliance to the closest power outlet to determine how much raceway you’ll need. Be sure to purchase 10% extra to ensure you have enough for the job.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
Turn off power to the starter outlet at the circuit breaker panel box.
• Using a stud finder, locate and make a mark along the ceiling joist and wall stud where you will attach the ceiling fan and wall switch.
• Using a level and chalk line, snap a straight line from the starter outlet up the wall through the switch location. Continue the chalk line to the ceiling and across to the ceiling fan.
• Mark with a pencil along the chalk lines every 2 ½ feet.
• Use screws to attach the raceway support clips at the marks. If you can’t attach the clips to the studs, use hollow wall anchors.
• Confirm the power is off by testing the outlet with a voltage tester.
• Remove the faceplate and mounting screws from the existing starter receptacle.
• Pull the existing receptacle and wires through the opening in the back of the base plate.
• Screw the base plate to the existing box.
• Install a number 10 ground screw in the dimple on the starter box base.
• Use pliers to break out the starter box knockouts.
• Make sure the knockout matches the raceway profile used in your project.
• Mark the top and bottom of the box along the chalk line drawn in step 2. Typically, the top of the switch box is 48-inches off the floor.
• Using the switch box base, mark and drill the screw holes.
• Use wall anchors if you are not mounting the box into a stud.
• Do not mount the switch box base at this time.
• Measure from the bottom of the switch box to the top of the starter box.
• Add 3/8 inch to each end to get the length right of raceway in order to slide over the tongue at each box or fitting.
• Cut the raceway to length.
• Smooth the cut edges with a file.
• Insert bushings into each end.
• Slide the raceway over the starter box tongue.
• Slide the base of the switch box onto the other end of the raceway.
• Use a mallet to tap the raceway into the support clips.
• Screw the switch box base into the wall.
• Position the elbow at the wall-ceiling joint.
• Make a mark along the chalk line on either end of the elbow.
• Add 3/8 inches to each end to get the length of the raceway in order to slide over the tongue at each box or fitting.
• Cut the raceway to length, smooth the cut edges with a file and insert bushings into the raceway, as in Step 5.
• Slide the elbow onto the raceway.
• Slide the opposite end over the tongue on the switch box base.
• Use a mallet to tap the raceway into the clips.
• Fasten the elbow base to the wall and ceiling at the inside corner.
• Hold the fan box in position and mark its location along the chalk line.
• Measure the length between the fan box and the mark at the elbow.
• Cut the raceway to length, plus 3/8 inches on each end, smooth the cut edges with a file and insert bushings into the raceway as in Step 5.
• Slide the raceway over the elbow tongue.
• Tap the raceway into the clips.
• Insert the two long metal screws into the ceiling fan base box.
• Install the hexagonal standoffs and fully tighten them.
• Slide the fan box base onto the raceway tongue.
• Screw the fan box base to the ceiling joist.
• Starting at the ceiling elbow, push the wires through the raceway to each end. Leave 1-foot of wire visible at each end.
• Attach the elbow cap.
• Ground the entire system by first removing the existing green ground wire from the screw on the original receptacle.
• Cut two new 6-inch pieces of green ground wire and strip ¾ inch from each end. Using a wire nut, join one end of each new green wire to the end of the old ground wire and the bare copper wire that runs to the switch. This configuration is called a pigtail.
• Connect one green wire on the other end of the pigtail to the ground screw on the receptacle and one to the ground screw on the starter box base.
• Attach the new black and white wires onto the screw terminals next to the old black and white wires, white next to white, black next to black.
• Secure the box covers to their bases and the faceplates to the box covers.
• You are now ready to mount the ceiling fan to the Wiremold ceiling fan base.
• Do not turn the power back onto the ceiling fan base until you have installed the ceiling fan.