Originally Posted by MikeyP
I don't believe they are stapled. I hooked up a fish to a wire already in that hole and pulled it to the basement. There's still a wire in the hole with the fish.
I'd love to drill another hole and start over but I don't know how to get the wire to feed from the basement to the second floor without putting a hole in the first floor wall.
Can you help?
Maybe I am missing something. But if you have a loose wire in the wall right now, upstairs, securely attached it to your fish tape, then have one person upstaris feed in the fish tape while you pull on the wire in the basement. Then in the basement, attach the new wire to the old wire and to the fish tape and then pull them all through back to the 2nd story.
Also attach a piece of strong string and pull it up as well, so it is there if you need to do this again. You can also use a sawzall to cut the hole larger if necessary.
I don't think this is going to be necessary in your situation, but thought I would mention it just in case...... If you need something ridgid to dish with (If you can't remove the wire that is in there now) the whole distance (10+ feet I assume). You can use Fish sticks, which are overpriced fiberglass sticks that screw together from fairly small sections. At lowes they have the same type of thing, screw together fiberglass rods that are for chimeney cleaning. I didn't buy any, but from looking at them in the store, they seemed to be much cheaper than the regular electrical fish sticks. So if that is what it is going to take, to get down that wall for some reason, I would check those out.
If you do a completely seperate second hole, the fish sticks can make it easier to get down to the basement and find the new hole at the other end since it is a ridgid fish as opposed to the normal ones that are pretty flexable. So you can sit upstairs and poke around with it a bit till you get it through the new hole.
OR... if you know the wall cavity is clear, and you know where the joists are, you can just drill a decent size hole 1.25" (get some Irwin speed bor bits from Lowes). Then as long as your holes are at the same spot upstairs and downstiars, you can just drop a plumb (fishing weight, or something else small and heavy on a string in the attic from the new hole, and if your lined up with the new hole in the basement, you will be able to drop it right though.
Does that help?