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Old 12-30-2010, 10:35 AM   #1
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Drilling sideways through multiple studs in a finished wall?


Is it possible without removing a strip of plaster? Is there some super secret pro technique that someone can tell me or are my only options to go in from the top or bottom, or remove a strip of plaster along the horizontal path that my cable is going to take?

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I use a pistol grip drill and stubby spade bits for one or 2 holes.
Any more than that and I pull a strip of wall.

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If there is baseboard trim, you could remove it and remove the plaster under that to get at the studs. Still a lot of work but the finish will be cleaner.
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Go down or up. Below or above. Cutting up walls is only an option when there is no other option.
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I kind of thought that that was probably the case. I guess I will be going through the top or bottom.
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There are flexible drill bits. 4' long, different diameters. Using one of these, you start in a hole and drill sideways, and then when you get to the end, you buy the 4' extension. ook at Home Depot in the electrical section. Make sure you tie the string on *before* you pull the bit out of the wall. (Bit has a hole in the end for this)
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the Flexbits take a little bit of skill to use but are the better option IMHO.
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If there is baseboard trim, you could remove it and remove the plaster under that to get at the studs. Still a lot of work but the finish will be cleaner.
Thats how I do it too.
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If you cant go above or below, use this trick. The baseboard option works on tall trims but not low ones. Plus its a lot of risk on trims that aren't stock moldings. Get yourself a 4 or 5" hole saw. You're going to drill a hole centered on each stud. Saw out the drywall. Save the plug. Use a spade bid or forstner bit to make a notch in the stud. Run wire across stud in notch. Cover notches with nail plates, and then glue or screw the drywall plug back in the hole. Use some paintable silicone in the kerf gap, then skim with some compound. Its not something you'd want to do to rewire a house but for say putting in wall sconces it works great.

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