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Old 03-28-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Hi all;
I have been posting here on my ongoing attempts to get some new wiring from the basement to the 2nd floor and attic, and have been having trouble getting through the wall headers.

After going askew in the first wall (the wall where the new receptacle is going to be), and coming out through the ceiling in the downstairs hallway, luckily with only a 1/4" "exploratory" bit, I decided to move to another wall.

I have finally brought a fish wire from the basement to the 2nd floor into a closet. It happens that the closet wall lines up with another wall downstairs.
Since opening the wall inside the closet was not an issue, I was able to get my drill straight down into the header.

Using my Greenlee fiberglass fish pole, I scored a "hole in one" when I shoved it all the way down the wall, and out a hole that already existed in the basement. There are already several BX cables going into this wall, so the opening in the basement is a little bigger than the 3/4" I drilled upstairs.

Once I got the fish pole through, I tied a long length of aluminum guy wire I happened to have, and pulled it all the way up into the closet upstairs.
I now have enough left on the coil of wire to pull back and forth through the wall as I pull several pieces of cable.
I think I will need at least one more 3/4" hole upstairs, and perhaps to open up the one downstairs, or drill another to get more than two 12/2 Romex cables through.
I will of course do all my drilling before pulling any Romex.

Having the fish pole was really nice. Just adding one section after another as I pushed it down the wall.
What a great feeling it was to see that green rod coming through the hole downstairs!

Now comes the fun part of the project: Planning the new circuits.
I will be running 20A (12/2) lines for receptacles, and probably one or two 15A 14/2 for lighting.

I think I will sleep a lot better now that this phase is done. I cannot tell you how many nights I had trouble falling to sleep, or waking up and thinking about this problem.

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Old 03-28-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean. One time, I had to catch another fish tape with a fish tape. It was between a tin ceiling and the structural ceiling ( about 2 inches high) We're standing on ladders 12 feet apart pushing our tapes when we both stop and said "did you feel that?" We caught the hooks on the first try. Polish the golden horseshoe.

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I wonder how many times I would try the same thing and spend half an hour trying to get the pole through the hole (didn't mean to rhyme there<g>).

I once had to pick a lock to get into my apartment after having locked the door with the key inside.
I bought a box of paper clips, and using the clip bent a certain way was able to pick the lock on the first try. Doesn't say much for the lock, does it<g>
Another time I picked a padlock on my gym locker on the first try. In both cases I tried it again at least 100 times and was unable to pick the lock.

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I remember getting locked out of an old apartment and having to get in with a pair of screwdrivers. Took less than 30 seconds. I felt overjoyed at my success and then somewhat alarmed by the ease of it. If I could do it, why not someone else?
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I changed the deadbolt on my door after the incident. Same thoughts.

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