unsightly wiring on my new screen porch!!!!

indecisive101June 1, 2012

My screen porch is almost complete and when I got home today the two electrical sockets as well as the cord for the pending ceiling fan were in place. They are large and grey and ugly. I can get past the socket itself as I know that has to be an outdoor socket, but the cords are about 1.5 inches thick. The cord coming from the roof to the outdoor switch for the ceiling fan is fastened to my siding and just runs straight down from the ceiling to the switch over top of the siding. Could this have not been place down the wall (hidden) and come out at the switch?? Also is there no other color than the grey (looks like a garden hose). I will inquire with the contractor, but is there a cover or something that anyone knows of that I can slip over these to hide them?

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Pictures and some more details about how the old house and new screen porch are constructed are really necessary to make any conclusions.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 10:30PM
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Ron Natalie

The best method would be to fire this idiot and get someone who can work in a professional manner.

You can cover it up with just about anything you want (just don't drive any nails or screws into the cable) but it's going to look like some idiot ran a cable down the siding and then tried to clumsily cover it up.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 8:44AM
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"the cords are about 1.5 inches thick"

This leads me to believe it is not "cord" at all, but PVC conduit. The contractor may have run surface mounted conduit and boxes on the covered / screened porch.

"The cord coming from the roof to the outdoor switch for the ceiling fan is fastened to my siding and just runs straight down from the ceiling to the switch over top of the siding."

I am picturing 3/4" pvc coming out of the soffit down the outside of the house, but inside the covered porch to a surface mounted switch box. I would not automatically assume a bad contractor here. I have had clients come back 3 or 4 times to cut their price. A cut in price always means a reduction of some sort or another. This either comes at the expense of appearance or fixture/material quality but never in code compliance or my compensation. When I do, I always explain in their proposal how the changes/reduction in price will affect the appearance or function of the final product, all they see is the price. When I am finished some have the nerve to complain about the final product even though it is their "penny pinching" fault if they don't like it.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 5:24PM
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