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Old 02-14-2010, 05:06 AM   #1
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Running wire through door framing & shoplight question


I have an unfinished exterior wall in my garage. I'd like to get wire from one side of the door to the other. Is it safe to drill through all the cripple studs above the door to run some 12/2 or would that make the wall unstable ? See the red line in the picture below.

If not, can I run romex on the inside of the studs? I know this would get in the way of drywall, but I have no plans to ever finish this wall. actually, I'd prefer to do this than put holes through all the studs.




I am doing this to get wiring for a 4' 2-bulb light over my workbench. What type of lighting is recommended over a workbench? The only one I could find that says it would work in cold weather (unfinished garage) was a T-8. I read that I'd want a "daylight" style bulb for a work bench, but I couldn't find one that bright in T-8.

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Here is a link to an article that has pictures of running wire in an unfinshed garage. As you will see, basically the installation minimizes any possible damage, so nothing can be hung from a wire, etc.

http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-ho...460.html#slide

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the edge of the hole you drill can be no closer to the face of the framing than 1 1/4 inch, so a 3/4 inch hole centred in the framing member above the door should be okay.
if you are worried, there are plate available that you mount onto the studs to protect the wires from stray nails/screws, but if the hole is far enough back (1 1/4") then the plates are not required.
Structurally, these holes won't matter.
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