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Old 03-28-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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How to fish 14-2 Romex through existing insulated wall?


I need to fish a short run of 14-2 from an existing switch box, straight down about 5' into my crawl space. I have already drilled the hole to allow the wire to pass into the crawl but what is the best way to fish the wire down there with the wall being insulated? I have a tape and can get it either up to the box or down to the floor but I can't seem to find the hole I drilled or the hole in the bottom of the box.

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You may get lucky and hit the box or the hole, never works for me. I remove the box and run the wire from the hole. That way you can can a hand + into the box hole if needed. Then install an old work box.

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Run the fish tape down through the box until you hit the bottom of the stud cavity. Then poke another tape or a hooked wire up through the hole and hook the tape and drag it to and through the hole. You can do it yourself but it is easier if you have a helper wiggling the tape from the switch box. Makes it easier to hook it.
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I prefer rigid fish sticks over a fishtape where insulation is involved.
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First off take the fish tape out of the wall. Put on a piece of long string on the snake. Than I would say push it either down towards the crawl or push it up towards the box. Doesnt really matter which way. Than get either a piece of lashing wire or a metal hanger and put a small hook on the end now get the snake close by. Put the hanger or lashing wire and try to hit the snake. You don't have to grab the snake all you need to do is try and catch the string. This may take a while to achieve but sometimes it is the only way if you cannot make too large of a hole or cannot remove the box.
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Thanks all! I finally got it. My tape did not have a great hook so I went with the coat hanger method and got it pulled this evening.

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