Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-05-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ulster County, NY
Posts: 13
Share |
Default

How to get wiring into wall with tongue and groove panels


I need to run a cable along ceiling and then down into a wall that is covered with tongue and groove panels, so cutting a hole in the wall big enough to get a drill in does not seem feasible. I think I can cut way enough of the panel to get past the top plate and still be able to cover it with the "crown" moldling. Is there any legitimate way to run vertically along the front of the wall top plate and then into the wall? Can I cover the section with some kind of metal protection? I was thinking of covering the area with a metal plate before putting the crown molding back on, or even attaching a metal plate to the back side of the molding itself. Oh and above the ceiling is a finished room with a floor.

npn_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 01:01 PM   #2
Member
 
waterman1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 161
Default

How to get wiring into wall with tongue and groove panels


What type of exterior siding?

waterman1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
Learning by Doing
 
Leah Frances's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Easton, Maryland
Posts: 3,156
Blog Entries: 7
Default

How to get wiring into wall with tongue and groove panels


I've done this - from the floor up - in a wall with T&G. I could end at a rec box (so I had that going for me, which is nice). It was painted T&G about 2 inches wide. You can hide the top nicely with molding.

- At the bottom of the wall, I made a horizontal cut across two of the planks about six inches up. I cut out the tongue on one plank with a flush cut saw and carefully removed the two planks. This gave me enough room to drill down and pull a wire into the room.
- When I was done I fixed a piece of scrap across the interior of the gap using trim nails. This gave some support to the removed pieces, which I glued and toenailed back into place.
- Once puttied and painted it isn't terribly obvious, unless you are looking for it.
__________________
If I could only remember to THINK about what I was doing before I did it.
Leah Frances is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 02:03 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SE Mass
Posts: 87
Default

How to get wiring into wall with tongue and groove panels


Waterman and Leah are on the right track.
I was going to advise to "think outside the box" and go at it from outside.
I've done this with vinyl siding (helps to have a separator tool), shingles, and planks.
You just need to remove some siding to drill into the bay your snaking, and down into the wall.
Then carefully put the siding back. With shingles, you have to under-cut one to start removing the ones above it. Start about 24" below where you need to work, and loosen the ones above slowly so you don't split them to pieces (flat bar works, or you can get a pry bar made for just this).

I've done Leahs idea as well.
Remove the trim boards top and bottom.
Gently twist out one, two or three T & G boards till you can get the center one out.
Pull any nail that come out with the board through the back, trying to reverse them out will split or splinter the board.
Make your notches, run the wires, plaster the holes, put the boards back in in the reverse order that you removed them.
You may be able to use adhesive to put the boards back in place, so no re-finishing.

Good Luck
Do It Right is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ulster County, NY
Posts: 13
Default

How to get wiring into wall with tongue and groove panels


Thanks everyone. The question on the exterior siding was a good one. My exterior siding is actually half logs, so that might have been tough, but thankfully this is an interior wall and while the room I am installing the fan in has the tongue and groove panels the other side of the wall is sheet rock. There is a kitchen cabinet that may be in the way but I think that should be easy enough to remove , cut the hole, and replace.
npn_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
siding nail gun or 15 ga. finish nailer for tongue and groove siding Lbert Tools 4 11-03-2010 07:58 AM
Replacing tongue in groove with support below odonata3 Flooring 0 10-20-2010 10:40 AM
Install Cabinets directly above Tongue & Groove? caezaar Building & Construction 13 07-06-2010 09:50 PM
Wooden Tongue & Groove Soffits Beverlyb Roofing/Siding 2 08-30-2008 10:31 AM
tongue and groove fence pickets - bad idea ? JoeT Carpentry 6 05-23-2008 11:00 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.