Running Cable through finished wall


Old 01-01-02, 11:14 PM
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Running Cable through finished wall

Any tips on running NM cable through 2 floors (From Basement to attic) of existing wall. I found one & only drain pipe that seems to traverse two foors & have tried without success to snake cable alongside it (Tried fish tape,etc) Any Special pearls of wisdom from an expert on how they normally accomplish this?

Total distance would be about 18 feet.
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Old 01-02-02, 12:35 PM
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If the hole is big enough that you can see from the basement to the attic then you can take a nylon string and tie a heavy nut to the string the bounce the nut up and down till it reaches the basement then tie your fish tape to the string and pull it up to the attic from the basement. Then strip back your Romex and cut off the black and white wire leaving the bare wire. Twist the bare wire onto the fish tape and tape it so that there is not ends that can catch on something. Make a smooth connection between the fish tape and the Romex. Then pull the Romex down to the basement.

If you chase is too hard to work with fishing that Romex then look for two closets stacked on top of each other. Then drill a hole in a corner of the closet and pull the wires into the attic from the basement. Then take a 1 x 6 trim board and nail it accross that corner where you ran your Romex closing that in as a new chase.

Hope this helps

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With all things considered

You could also make a small 3"*2" access hole in the sheetrock a few inches below the first floor cieling next to the pipes. You'll be able to more easlily guide the fish or enlarge the access hole to get to the attic. The patch time is constant at 20 minutes so it can be less frustrating than fishing for an hour.
To patch: pick up a patch at a home center which has tape applied to it and mud over two or three coats as needed......
Old 01-03-02, 02:10 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see what I can do & let you know how it turned out.

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