BEFORE YOU START
A power outlet is needed to the right of this door while the existing outlet is to the left i.e. behind it when open.
Running an extension cord is not practical as it blocks the door opening.
The below pictorial shows how to run a cable without blocking the door and install a wall mounted box.
Our pictorials are of informative nature and do illustrate works carried by ourselves at our own premises for our own use and satisfaction.
Readers who envisage to carry out similar works inspired by the below method shall do this at their own risks and liability.
The material you need
From left to right: a surface mount 3-module box complete with its frame, 1 schuko outlet, one american outlet, a few meters of PVC self adhesive cable trunking and a 3x2,5mm² cable of a few meters length.
step by step pictorial
1- Peel the trunking and start by fixing lengths that do not need to be cut.
4- These are the best for cutting trunking and electrical enclosures.
7- Make sure the assembly is accurate before peeling the trunking or else adjust the cut and try again.
10- Cut a small opening in the box on one side as a wires passage.
13- Fix the box and complete the trunking installation.
16- Cut the outer insulation of the cable on some 10 to 12cm of lengths. Do not go deep, cut in surface.
19- And to close the trunking. Make sure the trunking joints are not aligned with the cover joints.
22- Chose your color coding, mark the one you want to use as earth conductor with green/yellow tape.
25- Mount the box cover to complete the job, install a plug on the other side of the cable and connect it to an existing socket outlet. The job is complete.
2- Press firmly on the trunking while moving your fingers all along its length.
5- On corners, cut the trunking at 45 degrees to create angles of a better finishing and appearance.
8- It is very important to work on one corner at a time.
11- Make sure your opening is smaller than the trunking section.
14- Self adhesive trunking is to be secured with a few screws. Drill 2 holes for each full length of trunking and 1 hole for short pieces.
17- Take out the cable sheath, insert the wires through the box hole and fit the cable in the trunking all around the door.
20- Adjusting the cover on corners is more difficult than the trunking. Be patient and keep reshaping your cut until it is satisfactory as this is mandatory for a good appearance.
23- Push the sockets into their mounting frame until you hear a "click".
See also our page for adding switches !
3- Prepare the so-called "aviation cutters" that cut straight (yellow color).
6- Work on one corner at a time.
9- Hold the box in a manner to have its top at 30cm from the floor, level it and mark the holes.
12- Drill the holes with a 6mm bit, vacuum them, plug them.
15- A 5mm bit is enough, insert a plug and a screw through the hole and tighten the screw.
18- Time to cut the trunking cover.
21- Strip the wires ends (less than a cm).
24- Connect the wires. Feed the small socket from the Schuko as shown.