Electric Radiant Ceiling Heat


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Old 09-06-04, 02:55 PM
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Electric Radiant Ceiling Heat

I have a home built in 1972 with electric radiant ceiling heat. I want to install a electrical box for a ceiling fan. Is it possible to cut a hole in the ceiling drywall without damaging the electric wiring that is embedded in the drywall?
 
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It's possible... I'd say you've got at least a 30% chance of hitting a wire when you cut the hole. Here in NC the rows of wire are generally about 12" apart. In a colder climate they may be closer together.
 
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Try using a "ticker" device (available from HD for less than $10) that beebs in the presence of the magnetic field generated by electricity running through the wire. Most ceiling cables I've see were stapled to the 1/2" sheet rock and then covered with 1/4" sheet rock. The "ticker" should accurately indicate the orientationof the cable runs and the distance between them.

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PS: Make sure the heat is on when you use the "ticker."
 
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Old 09-08-04, 09:16 AM
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Using a "ticker" seems like the way to go. Thanks for the good tip.
 
 

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