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Old 08-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Hope someone can help me with this. I want to add deck post light caps to an existing deck. The deck posts are 4 x 4 with a vinyl sleeve. There is not enough space to run a wire between the sleeve and the post. The post is about 36" high. Rather than taking down the rails, removing the sleeves and notching out 20 posts, is there a way I can drill a hole in the center of each post to accommodate the wire. If so, what tools would I need. Otherwise, it may be easier to use solar lighting although the lighting effect is not as nice. Thanks for your suggestions.

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Don't they make thin wire that's meant to tape to the wall and be painted over? I've seen it in some ads, but don't know anything about it. You might be able to slip that between the post and sleeve, however I doubt its meant for outdoors.

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It's NOT fun however it is doable. Start with a 3/4" paddle bit with 12" extensions, once you get about 18-24" in switch to a 1/2" paddle bit to finish it off. Oh yeah I forgot to mention you need to drill from below so the sawdust falls out of the post as you do it, you can try from above with a shop-vac but it doesn't work as well.
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outdoor wiring needs to be protected. not having seen your deck railings, i would suggest running thru conduit.
then you could hide the conduit by running 2x4 between posts. also this would add means in which to fasten the conduit.

you should post this in the electrical section for advice about outdoor wiring
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I'd stick with the solor, two screws and your done.
Wiring, transformers, running power to the transformer, and wait until you see the pricing of the low voltage lights.
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You could just settle for a different type of lighting. Like those pucks that are recessed into the deck and shine up.
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Like this?
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&site=ROCKLER

They also work in the risers where you really need them.
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Like this?
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...1&site=ROCKLER

They also work in the risers where you really need them.
Yeah, those are what I was taking about. Or I just thought of this... Those raceways that go directly on the wall. It'll hide the chord, white should blend in or can be painted, and it'll look like trim if placed right.

http://homedepot.digby.com/homedepot...ged+Cord+Cover

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