Drill Hole in Between Patio Beams


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Old 11-09-15, 10:42 AM
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Drill Hole in Between Patio Beams

Hi All,

Just got a patio cover put up and I am working on mounting a speaker. I'm trying to drill a 1" hole between two beams so I can feed the power cord through.

Problem is there is only a 3" space in between and I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to get it to work.

I've purchased right angel drill adapter (Shop Milescraft 90-Degree Drive at Lowes.com)

But need some sort of hole saw that is extremely short(2" or less). I've looked around for hole saws as well as step drill bits but can't find anything short enough(2").

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Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.
 

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Old 11-09-15, 11:51 AM
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I don't see the issue...... you want to drill a 1" hole thru the two beams....3" from the bottom.
Drill from the outside into the 3" open center area

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Old 11-09-15, 12:39 PM
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Hi Pete,

Sorry, should have been more clear. So the beams are hollow and I don't want a hole on the outside, so I only want to drill from the inside so I can loop the cord through the hollowed out beam.
 
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Old 11-09-15, 02:38 PM
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I can't think of anything that can drill a hole in that small space, You might have to chisel out a hole. A short hole saw on a 1/4 inch retching wrench might fit in there. Would take quite a while to cut hole that way.
 
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Old 11-09-15, 03:21 PM
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Get a cable stapler and tack the wire to the extreme top inside the space between the beams and then run it to its destination. No need to drill any holes at all. No one will notice the wires tucked up there so far. And, considering some of the wire jobs I have seen (cables on outside of buildings) this will look far superior.
 
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Old 11-09-15, 03:26 PM
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If you mount the speaker on the outside... won't that cover the hole you need to drill ?

In post #2 I have a pink dot on the beam. Are you saying that is hollow piece of wood ?
You can use long feeler bits.... like diversibits to drill on an angle.

I can see all kinds of alternatives there. I have to mount cameras in similar situations.
 
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For a power line, would it be easier to run surface conduit in the gap between the beams and mount a gang box/outlet close to the mount location? Is the speaker wired for signal, or is it a wireless (900MHz/Bluetooth) unit; wouldn't reccomend running signal wires in the same conduit as romex if it's wired.

Once it's painted, it'll pretty much disappear except the box (assuming a surface mounted box for simplicity of installation) and would look well finished, plus the added bonus of having an outlet available for whatever else you might want to use out on the patio.
 
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Old 11-09-15, 03:58 PM
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I agree with Czizzi. With only a 3" gap to work with, I see no need to hide the wires further. Wires tucked up into this space will be well hidden.
When the wires reach their destination, drilling can be done from outside the beam.

Lot of echoes here but I also like to hide wires.
 
 

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