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Old 02-25-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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My Dad came out for the weekend to help me with some electrical. We installed several switches in the basement (also a dedicated rec for my basement freezer - yeah! no more extension cord).

We ran a fair bit of romex in the rafters and found that the easiest way to staple it securely was to pre-drill holes for the wire staples. The 200 year old wood was simply too hard to hammer the staples into - they just kept collapsing.

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We ran a fair bit of romex in the rafters and found that the easiest way to staple it securely was to pre-drill holes for the wire staples. The 200 year old wood was simply too hard to hammer the staples into - they just kept collapsing.
My house is 100 years old and chock full of old growth pine which is basically petrified. In order to screw into it for anything (boxes, 1-hole straps, conduit hangers; you name it), I have to pilot-drill first. If I don't, even #8 screws will cam out with my very powerful 18V drill.

I hung some sheetrock over the past weekend and was pleasantly suprised to find that at least drywall screws could be sunk w/o piloting.

Ahh, the joys of old home ownership.

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I've broken screws MANY times like this. I think it's a combination of old growth wood with a heavy hand. (like mine) How's your automation project coming along?
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My house is 103 years old, but I haven't really run into problems with screwing/nailing into the old wood.
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I am ordering my first ZWave switches this week for installation in my sunporch.

My plan is to install ZWave products as I add and rewire circuits. The porch will get three non-dimming 20A 3 way (and 3 companions) and one 3 way dimmer and companion for some mood lighting.

I have a reiker heating ceiling fan in that room (which BTW, I LOVE, heats really nicely). I wonder if I could integrate it with the ZWave?

I'll keep you posted.
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