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Abs777 03-08-2010 12:54 PM

Running wire
1. Do I need a right angle drill to drill all my studs? Is there a trick to just using a regular drill?

2. Can I run my wires for my lights in my boxed in soffits (framed with 2x3s, if I attached then with staples? I would rather do this than to drill into my joists.


brric 03-08-2010 12:59 PM

The trick is to get your holes as close to perpendicular to the studs as possible. Holes drilled at angles are much harder to pull wire through. Why not look into renting a RA drill. My be worth it unless you already have a powerful drill.

#2. Yes you can.

Abs777 03-08-2010 01:03 PM

Thanks. Do you know the distance that you have to staple\secure the wire if ran in a soffit, like every so many inches\feet?

brric 03-08-2010 01:15 PM

According to code it is every 54". Depending upon your inspector you may not need to staple it at all.

AllanJ 03-08-2010 01:43 PM

The holes bored in the studs count as supports so you do not need to staple the wires as they go from stud to stud.

You would not need a right angle drill if you can get the hole nearly perpendicular (straight into) the stud using a straight drill. Where studs are much closer together such as near a corner or an intersecting wall, it is harder to get the hole straight with a straight drill.

Wires fished through intact pre-existing walls do not need to be stapled (necessitating breaking open the wall every 54 inches or so).

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