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Can I run network cable through this ceiling beam?


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02-27-16, 06:08 AM   #1  
Can I run network cable through this ceiling beam?

Hi first time posting so I'll apologize before hand for anything I may accidentally do wrong here.

In the photo below I'm trying to drill up to run some cat-6 here. Both of these walls are exterior walls so I'm not sure if I can. In the attic above this beam there is drywall so I guess there is drywall on top of the beam? IDK how this works usually but since I have insulation up there it's a total PITA to figure out.
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02-27-16, 06:22 AM   #2  
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I do not see the beam you are referring to but in most cases you can run Cat5/6 anywhere.


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02-27-16, 07:16 AM   #3  
Beam

When you mention "beam", are you referring to the header above the window?

Or is it the top plate of the wall?

Are you wanting to fish cable inside the wall?

 
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02-27-16, 08:52 AM   #4  
It would appear he is describing the header.

What is directly above that point ? Usually it would be the roof. It could be a gabled wall.
If it's only a cat5 cable that you are running..... you could notch the sheetrock(blue lines) to go around the header and then respackle it.

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You can drill the header/top plate but due to the possible roof line.... it may require you to crawl on your belly to get to it. The red line would be your long drill.

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02-27-16, 12:35 PM   #5  
We talking a header or just a doubled up top plate?


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02-27-16, 12:45 PM   #6  
By the location of his cut hole.... probably double top plate. Doesn't look like a large header.


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