Originally Posted by Sparky Joe
4ft away that sucks, usually it's within 12 inches of the box then you could probably get a long screwdriver to pry it out.
Perhaps you could just make a small hole right where the staple is, just big enough to get your screwdriver in there.
I was thinking of that, just trying to avoid it.
Originally Posted by redline
What is above this room? Attic space or another room?
Can you get access from above?
If not then you could splice another piece of wire onto to this peice to make it long enough to go to where you want it. Put the splice inside an enclosed box.
No , the fan is in the basement, so the space I am working in is between the basement ceiling and the upper storey floor.
As far as splicing, I don't think you understand my situation.
Here is a picture:
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The orange shows the path of the wire. o
is where the fan is now and n
is where I want to move it to. The staple is about half way down the vertical orange length.
I want to move the fan 8 feet straight back from o
, so the wire thru that joist is 6 feet away from where I want. I was thinking if there was some way to either remove the staple or cut the wire at the staple, I can cut the new hole at n
and fish it back through. But I am not sure if I can achieve that. Whatever I do, I am hoping to do it from where o
is, and not have to damage the ceiling any more than I have to. If I cut the wire I still have plenty of length to work with, so if I can figure out a way to cut instead of remove the staple, that works for me.
Hope that gives a clearer picture of what I am dealing with. I have tried putting a metal bar into the hole to see if I can make contact with the staple and then give it a whack with a hammer to try to loosen it, but I have not had much success, as the view is limited. I can not see the staple by looking into the hole, I have to face away from it and use a mirror and a flashlight to even see the actual staple. Trying to guide a metal bar with one hand while looking through a backwards view in a mirror is not very efficient.
Anyone with any bright ideas, I am listening....