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How difficult is snaking a new cable with an old one already in?


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Old 01-14-17, 11:04 PM
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How difficult is snaking a new cable with an old one already in?

I've got that nasty aluminum cable going from the basement up through to an outlet in the bedroom upstairs. Is the standard procedure to remove that cable and replace with a copper romex to tie the new cable to the old and just pull it down into the basement somehow through the outlet?
 
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Old 01-14-17, 11:16 PM
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The old cable is going to be stapled inside the wall. You are not going to be able to pull it out unless it was not part of the original construction.
 
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Old 01-14-17, 11:43 PM
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The old cable is going to be stapled inside the wall. You are not going to be able to pull it out unless it was not part of the original construction
didn't think of that! What do you recommend?
 
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I have fish tapes and they are good, BUT these glow sticks are the bam. With the different tips provided you can pretty much direct the pole where you want it and hook onto the new cable or, if working in reverse, hook onto a pull string and pull it down, then attach it to the cable and pull it up.

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Since you have only found two instances of aluminum wiring it is possible the house was originally wired with copper and the aluminum was added afterwards, possibly by a budget conscious owner previous to you. If this is true it is possible that the piece you want to replace is not stapled in the wall but was fished. You might try tugging on it to see if it moves easily.
 
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Since you have only found two instances of aluminum wiring it is possible the house was originally wired with copper and the aluminum was added afterwards, possibly by a budget conscious owner previous to you. If this is true it is possible that the piece you want to replace is not stapled in the wall but was fished. You might try tugging on it to see if it moves easily.
Thanks good advice. The house was built in 1971 though, so I'm not sure. You MAY BE right though because the other end of the aluminum cable goes into the small renovated room in the cellar.

By the way, has anyone ever heard of "Operator" cable? There's a thicker cable running near the basement stairs going up into the living area.
 
 

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