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H2O Engr 02-15-2010 08:17 AM

Installing outlet...please help
Existing wiring was found right where I am installing a new outlet and is preventing the new outlet box from being positioned correctly. I do not want to change the outlet location. My plan is to deenergize the existing circuit, temporarily protect the Romex from abrasion, and then hog out the pass-through hole in the stud to allow the wiring to drop down ~1". The box can then be mounted flush with the drywall.

What can I use to protect the Romex while I am drilling the hole bigger? I am thinking of holding the wire up, inserting a small piece of metal (like a kick plate trimmed to fit in the opening) just below the wire, and then safely drilling the hole. Any other ideas?

HouseHelper 02-15-2010 08:34 AM

You could either raise the new box location to clear the wires, necessitating some minor patching, or if you have 2" of clearance use a box like the Carlon shown here:

The problem with trying to enlarge the hole is if you do nick the wires, you have increased your problems greatly.

Jim Port 02-15-2010 09:21 AM

I would drill a hole just below the cable but not touching the current hole. Then take and chisel out the wood between the two holes.

R_T 02-15-2010 11:00 AM

Consider that there may be another cable, a pipe, a duct on the other side of that stud.

It is also possible that the cable you see turns down and is stapled close to the other side of the stud.

At the very least you should anticipate what may be in the next bay by looking at both sides of the walls on that floor and any floors above and below.

Then I would use a standard dill bit with a relatively non-pointed end to poke a pilot hole. Mark the depth of the stud on your bit.

R_T 02-15-2010 11:06 AM


You can probably rule out the pipe or duct possibilities by sticking something through the existing hole. That doesn't rule out another wire stapled to the stud.

I might not be too sharp this morning.

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