In this day and age of electronics, all of which need an electricity source and an outlet, surge protectors have become convenient ways to gather cords all in one spot.
You can plug in your TV, computer, wireless router, printer, phone charger, and a lamp all in one location.
However, surge protectors are not attractive looking. When stuffed with all of these electrical cords, they become unsightly, bulky, and a safety hazard. They also have a tendency to collect dust, pet hair, and other debris. You try to tuck them away behind furniture or shoved in a corner (yes, we’ve all done this before), but there has to be another solution.
There is – you can mount surge protectors on a wall; you can take them off the floor or off that much needed furniture space and take advantage of a vertical location. This also makes surge protectors easier to reach and easier to keep clean as well.
No more worrying that you’ve accidentally short circuited a cord if you want to dust around all of these electronics! It would be simple if you could just use sticky poster wall mounts, but surge protectors are heavy, and you don’t want them to ever fall.
Here’s how you do it.
Before you begin, have your materials ready, and that will make your job go much faster:
- The surge protector
- Piece of white paper or tracing paper
- Pencil or crayon
- Black permanent marker
- A level
- Small piece of tape
- Two screws that will fit into the back of the surge protector
- Matching drywall anchors
Create a Surge Protector Template
Turn the surge protector over onto its back side. You’ll see two screw mounting areas. Place a piece of white paper or tracing paper over the back of the surge protector. Using a regular graphite pencil or a crayon, make a rubbing of the back of the surge protector.
Make sure you’ve included the screw mounting areas. When the template is complete, use a black permanent marker to place a marked dot where the screws should go. You can cut out the template if you want to make it smaller, but that isn’t necessary.
Another method of making a template is to actually photocopy the back of your surge protector. That will provide an accurate view of the back and make it even easier to locate the screw mounting holes.
Positioning the Template
Select the section of wall where you’d like to mount the surge protector. It should be near an outlet. Turn the template over so that the back side of it is facing you. The marked spot for the two screw mounting areas should have bled through the paper, so that you can see where you need to place the screws.
Hang the template (back side facing you) on the wall. It’s important that it’s backwards, because that is how it appears on the wall. If you’re unsure, you’re advised to hold the surge protector against the wall and double check that the screw mounting areas line up properly.
Use the level to make sure it’s straight, and use the piece of tape to hold the template in place.
Drilling the Screw Holes
With the template taped in place on the wall, place the first screw directly over the paper and the marked dot. Drill the screw into the wall. Repeat with the other screw and other mounting area. Alternatively, you can drill the holes first and then insert the screws. It depends on the wall’s material.
Remove both screws and the template. You’ll have the two holes in the wall. Insert a drywall anchor into each hole, using a hammer to bang it into place. Then, drill the two screws into the anchors, making sure the screws stick out slightly.
Hang the Surge Protector
With the screws in place, simply position the surge protector on top of them to hold it in place. Plug in the surge protector in the nearby outlet. Once you’ve checked that it works, simply plug in your electronics like your tv set to the surge protector.
These step by step instructions are for drywall mounting a surge protector, but you can adapt them to mount it to wood. You can also adapt these basic instructions to hang other items, such as a wireless router, network hubs, and other devices. This is an easy project that only takes a few minutes, and you can mount the power strips in any room of your home, garage, workshop, or office.