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whutitdew25 03-15-2008 05:44 PM

Help... Trying to install can lights on the first floor of a two story house...
 
Just curious if anyone out there has attempted this before and if they have any good tips for me... I am an electrician my self and have considered cutting a channel down the center of the room in the ceiling and then using a 4ft flexible drill bit to drill out the the locations for the new can lights... any one else have any better ideas?? Please let me know..

I can also help to answer any electricial questions anyone else has as well..

Thanks,

John

220/221 03-15-2008 06:17 PM

Depends on the framing. You might get lucky and have trusses.

We don't bother with long bits anymore. Just cut and patch. It's only drywall. The long bits DO work but be careful. It's real easy to grab something you didn't expect like the carpet upstairs.....so I've heard:whistling2:

The last one I did had joists every TWELVE inches! That was a lot of cuts.

wire_twister 03-15-2008 07:02 PM

twelve inch framing! Ever try to crawl in an attic with a 4/12 roof and 12 inch framing? Not alot of room to move. On the bright side it is hard to fall thru.

whutitdew25 03-15-2008 07:14 PM

yea I probably will just cut and patch the drywall... It'll probably be easier and faster in the long run... I plan on scraping the popcorn off the ceilings and going with a knockdown anyways.. Thanks

220/221 03-15-2008 07:47 PM

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I plan on scraping the popcorn off the ceilings and going with a knockdown anyways..

Well, there ya go!


I love it when the customer scrapes/textures/paints and THEN calls us for cans.:no:

send_it_all 03-17-2008 12:51 AM

I use the long drill extensions without cutting channels. You do have to be careful. I had to repair a huge mess one time when an electrician used one of those bits and found a copper water line....and then had trouble locating the water shut-off.....disaster. I have yet to go through the upstairs floor or damage anything inside a ceiling, but I have only done it about 6 times with the long extensions. I actually have linked 2 extensions together a few times which gives me about a 9' long drill bit.


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