Hiding cord safely

DBCnycFebruary 27, 2011

I need to find a way to get electricity to a seating area that floats in the middle of a room and would very much like to avoid installing floor outlets.

I know it's never recommended to run a cord under a rug--particularly where it could be walked over--to avoid overheating and damage from friction. Can one, however, safely run a simple lighting cord through a low profile conduit under a rug? For example, this conduit: http://cableorganizer.com/cord-covers/economical.htm#8781 Or does this not provide enough protection? (Or will rug overtop cause too much unwanted insulation? BTW, it's only for 2 75-watt bulbs, not heavy-duty equipment of any kind).

If this isn't an option, any other thoughts? (Ceiling lights not an option).

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DavidR

The safest and most attractive way to solve your problem is to install a floor receptacle where you need the power.

For a temporary installation, what you're looking for is Corduct (or something similar). You tuck the cord into it and lay or stick it on the floor.

If I understand correctly, Corduct is supposed to be laid OVER the carpet, not under it. I don't know of a product that's approved for protecting a cord under a carpet.

The link below is for illustration, not an endorsement.

Here is a link that might be useful: Corduct

    Bookmark   February 27, 2011 at 9:54PM
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kudzu9

DBCnyc-
I'd definitely try to go with floor receptacles and not ever have to worry about it afterwards. How difficult is it to get access to the floor from the underside?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 3:08PM
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bus_driver

Something in this line might help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Carlon

    Bookmark   February 28, 2011 at 4:17PM
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