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enter image description here. Want to run a brown external wire to point where I can hang chandelier. I can’t cut thru beams. Any suggestions for where to find wiring, etc.

  • Do the green splodges in your pic indicate where you'd like to run a wire? Is there some existing wiring at or near the bottom, near the curtains? – brhans Mar 21 at 17:07
  • Is it an option to go along the ridge beam instead? – ratchet freak Mar 21 at 17:19
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    I’d use 500 series metal wiremold surface raceway, with the appropriate fan rated wire wiremold box. 500 series wiremold is a little hard to work with if you’ve never done it before, and it will have a learning curve, but literally every piece you need is made. Find an electrical supply house, not a big box store for this, they will have the odd parts that the big box stores don’t carry. – Tyson Mar 21 at 18:03
  • @Tyson, can you run romex cable, individual conductors, or both inside that wiremold? – JPhi1618 Mar 21 at 18:42
  • @JPhi1618 single conductor THHN. It’s essentially “pretty” metal conduit. – Tyson Mar 21 at 18:46
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Assuming you have wires from where the green line starts, this should be simple enough, provided you're OK with some wires showing.

You'll want to buy

  • A heavy-duty (fan rated) metal fixture box (octagon) and screws to mount it into the top beam. I would suggest you buy a box with clamps built in
  • If you didn't buy the box with clamps, buy a NM clamp that fits the knockouts
  • Finally, buy the proper size wire in armored cable, as well as clamps to secure the wire to the beam

If you're wanting to add a switch, buy a surface mount metal box, switch, and switch cover

  • Thank you so much. I think I will give it a try. I’ll post pictures of my results( if successful) if not I’ll hire an electrician- and see if he can do better! – Jane Lewis Mar 23 at 3:11

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