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Old 12-30-2007, 05:33 PM   #1
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When running wire from outlet to outlet on a basement exterior wall with insulation, can I run wire horizontally through studs or do I need to go up to the ceiling, across, and then back down stapling to the center of the studs?

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It's perfectly OK to drill the studs and run the cable more directly from one outlet box to the next. For a stud wall against the foundation you cn drill the holes closer to the concrete side so there is mroe than the required 1-1/4 inches of wood between the front edge and the hole.

Ideally the insulation should be slit and arranged around the cable rather than leave a large air space behind the cable.

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Ideally the insulation should be slit and arranged around the cable rather than leave a large air space behind the cable.
Thanks! This is the part that I questioned. I figured it wouldnt make sense to drill holes in the studs and then run the insulation towards the outside of the wall and the wire would lay against the sheetrock once installed. Splitting the insulation makes sense! Thanks!
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If, after drilling the holes you have less than 1 1/4 inch from the face of the stud to the wire, you will need to put in nail plates.

Heck nail plates are cheep. Just put them up anyway. You dont want a screw in your electrical wires.
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It has always been my habit to put them EVERYWHERE in a kitchen, then as needed in the rest of the house. Cabinet installers scare me more than sheetrockers.

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