Did I hit a wire?

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Old 11-19-12, 06:31 PM
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Did I hit a wire?

I'm moving our wall-mounted tv and had to drill into stud for mount. When I was drilling the 2nd hole, the porch light and kitchen lights flickered. I drilled into the hole again to see if I was hallucinating, but it happened again. Those lights are on different circuits. I didn't know if I had hit a wire or not.
So I took the trusty hammer and made a bigger hole to see if I'd caused an electrical hazard that will burn down our house. I see a wire to the right of the stud, toward the back. The hole I drilled is in the left side. I don't see any damage, but smelled something similar to the old electric train smell.
Should i be worried? What happened? The smell is gone.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 07:01 PM
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You hit something. Open the hole and find and fix it.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 07:02 PM
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You very well could have. Make 100% sure you did not damage a cable on either side of the stud. If you don't do it now, you will likely be doing it later to repair the damage.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 08:23 PM
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Is it possible that there's something loose, like if drilling shook the wire? That wall is adjacent to garage, I believe the garage lights connect to the front light. They run to a wire that goes into the top part of that wall.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 08:58 PM
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Do you want to trust that your house won't burn down?

I understand that you don't want to damage the wall any more than you have to. If you want to minimize that, get a cheap borescope and look into the hole.
 
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Old 11-19-12, 09:06 PM
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How much wall am I aiming to take down?
 
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At the very least enough to see if you did any damage to the wire, if it is present. You may need to do more in order to fix anything. Probably best to do it from the garage side.
 
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Old 11-20-12, 07:23 PM
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Just the area where you drilled. Best to make one larger hole rather then many smaller holes. Easier to patch.
 
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