Running "romex" thru studs ?

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Old 06-26-14, 03:03 PM
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Running "romex" thru studs ?

I have the drywall off downstairs doing drywall repair.
There is 14/2 romex (I'll call it romex) thru the studs going to the elec outlets. Each non-loadbearing stud has about a 5/8 hole thru which this romex runs.
I had a 1500W elec baseboard heater attached to that wall with the 12/2 inside a 3ft long conduit from the corner of the room to the heater.
I'd like to put the 12/2 wiring behind the drywall while I have the chance.

Can I run the 12/2 thru the same hole in the studs with the 14/2, or do I need to drill a separate hole for this 12/2 wiring?
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Old 06-26-14, 03:14 PM
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No expert, but the holes sound too small. I'd drill another hole about 3/4" in diameter about 1 inch above or below the old one.

That gives you plenty of room to pull and gives 1 3/8" of wood and your 1/2" of sheetrock so 1 1/4" screws won't come close.

You'll need a right angle drill or at least a rt angle adapter most likely, if your studs are 16" on center.
 
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Old 06-26-14, 03:18 PM
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I agree the holes sound too small to add another cable to.
 
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