Filed under: Home Theater, Raceway, Duct and Conduit
Up to about yesterday, whenever I heard the term “surface raceway,” my mind would conjure up the image of long, rectangular sticks of wire channel. Boxy. Angular. Lacking in subtlety. Raceway is great for routing and concealing cables, and does help to camouflage things quite a bit, but as for shape, there isn’t much flow to the standard garden varieties. Straight line, corner. Straight line, corner. All the way around. Great if you’re into a Cubist aesthetic, but if you prefer something a little sleeker, it’s less than ideal.
So imagine my surprise and delight when D-Line Half Round Raceway came waltzing through the door. Unlike its boxy counterparts, this decidedly shapelier version has curves in all the right places, but not in the way that will make anyone look twice. In fact, the semi-circular shape actually helps D-Line Half Round avoid notice, since it blends and transitions and more smoothly with walls than rectangular raceway does.
If you look at the picture, you’ll see what I mean. Isn’t it great the way it blends right in with the baseboard molding that it’s installed right above? What’s really nice it that you can even paint it to match. That gentle curve actually mirrors the detailing in the molding, and unless someone were to get down on their hands and knees and do some close-range squinting at it, they’d be none the wiser of its presence.
In addition to being paintable, D-Line half round raceway is also easy to cut with scissors or a PVC cutter (depending on its size) and is available with the inner and outer corner fittings that make it possible to “bend” the raceway into, out of, and around corners. As for installation, it’s a piece of cake: after you’ve cut the raceway to length, just peel off the backing, and press the pre-applied adhesive against the wall. Then step back and admire your work. But be warned: you may need to take a really close look – this stuff can be easy to miss.