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Old 07-13-2010, 09:40 AM   #1
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hi i was wanting to re run some circuits in my house because there are alot of stuff on one circuit etc..i bought me some fish sticks..the walls are plaster downstairs, drywall upstairs...what would be the best way to fish this when i come across studs and other obstacles behind the walls.
btw there is a crawspace.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #2
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I am no expert by a long shot, but I always either use an auger bit (rather expensive) or just cut a 2" square hole in the drywall about half an inch from the stud, then drill through the stud from that point of access and fish the wire through it. It makes for a lot of patching, but if you're handy with Spackle it's cheaper than buying a $40 bit.

With a crawlspace it might be possible to run it along the bottom of the wall and drill from beneath, but I wouldn't know how to go about starting this, or sealing the holes.
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It's so much easier to go down into the crawl space or up into attic than go sideways through studs. See my reply to another thread.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:40 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by psd7.3 View Post
c..i bought me some fish sticks...
400 for 20 minutes usually turns out a well cooked and crispy fish stick. If you don't like them crispy, reduce the heat to 300 and cook for 30 minutes.

fishing horizontal requires drilling sideways. Usually not happening.

for upstairs, the best way in is from above. For the lower floor, up from the crawlspace. The problem is: getting from the panel to the attic.

Is the panel on the main floor? Is there any way to get from there up to the attic easily? This is the one place is it possible it might be easier to simply open the wall so you can run a conduit from the panel up to the second floor and then opening the wall on the second floor to continue the pipe on up to the attic.

You can also run a conduit down to the crawlspace while you have that wall open as well. use as large of conduit as will fit in the wall.
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