Tip for keeping extension cords off floor. Remodeling Tip:

Keeping Extension Cords
Off The Floor
With Split-Flex Tubing


Split-flex tubing is cut into short pieces and screwed to the studs behind the wall. An extension cord is inserted into the slit in the tubing to keep the cord above the floor.

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Skill Level: 1 (Easy) Time Taken: About 10 Minutes

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While getting ready to sand and refinish a couple of hardwood floors, I needed to figure out a quick and easy way to keep some extension cords off the floor. Since the rooms were going to be painted afterward, it didn't matter if I put small holes in the walls.

This upstairs room only has two outlets, and they are nowhere near the window, so to power a small fan in the window I've needed an extension cord.

While I could just move the cord around while sanding the floor, I need to get the cord out of the way when I apply urethane.


I bought some ½" and ¾" split-flex tubing at Home Depot. It cost just over a dollar a package.

Split-flex tubing has a slit along its length so wires can be tucked inside. This tubing can be cut with a sharp knife, or possibly scissors.

I cut the pieces about 3 inches long.


I drove a 1-5/8" drywall screw through the back of the piece of tubing.


I used a stud finder to locate the framing.


I placed the screw tip against the wall and drove in the screw until it was snug.

If the screw is driven too tight, it can tear the plastic.




I slipped the extension cord into the split-flex tubing.


The ½" tubing was kinda flimsy. It didn't seem to have a firm hold on this light-duty cord.
I also tried some 3/4" split flex tubing, which was much heavier than the 1/2" stuff.

This held the cords much better.


Where I had excess cord, I just doubled it back through the holder.


It only took 4 pieces, spaced about 32" apart, to keep this cord off the floor.



In this adjacent room I used ¾ inch split-flex tubing to hold a heavier cord. It worked well.

When the floor work is done, I'll have to patch the screw holes with spackling compound and repaint the room. This method won't work if the walls are not going to be repainted.






Tools Used:

  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Sharp Knife
  • Stud Finder

Materials Used:

  • Split-Flex Tubing - ½" and ¾"
  • Drywall Screws, 1-5/8"

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Written August 20, 2006