Recessed Lighting: Wiring through 2 joists? And Piece of metal against joist?


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Old 04-30-16, 06:24 PM
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Recessed Lighting: Wiring through 2 joists? And Piece of metal against joist?

Hi all. I'm new to home projects so I apologize if I use the incorrect terminology.

I'm doing a recessed lighting project on the 1st floor of a 2 story house. There's a bedroom above the room so no attic space to play with.

I created the 6" holes for the 8 recessed lights. I have a 1" auger bit that I'm using to bore through the wood. I noticed that where my lighting holes are, there will be 2 joists in between them. Since I can't really see anything up there (can't fit my head through the wall), is there a different approach to getting the Romex through the blank gap besides fish tape or something?

Also, I drilled through one joist and on the other side was a piece of metal. So I drilled 6 inches to the left and there was another piece of metal. Anyone know what that might be? I don't think there is any other electrical up there! See picture.

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Old 04-30-16, 06:48 PM
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I can't say what the metal is, but it's not good.
My approach to installing can lights is to use the fixture holes to drill joists and run cable, but that's not always possible.
I will not drill blindly and if it comes down to cutting access holes to check for mechanical items, it has to be done IMO. The drywall can be fixed.
 
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Old 04-30-16, 07:38 PM
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Bang on it with a nail set, have someone else in the house listening upstairs. Might be a cold air return or ductwork. Look for registers along that joist in either direction. If it is, you can't run your wire through it.
 
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Old 04-30-16, 09:10 PM
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Blew it up but still can't tell.

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Old 05-01-16, 06:37 AM
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It is almost for sure ductwork. You will need to find another path or open the sheetrock.
 
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Old 05-01-16, 07:20 AM
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Thanks for the ideas guys, I think it most definitely is the ductwork then because there is a register in the room above right around there. I'll try finding another way around. Fun stuff!
 
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Old 05-01-16, 07:27 AM
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RIDGID Micro CA25 Inspection Camera-40043 - The Home Depot

Best $ I spent on the "unknown" behind walls and ceilings, not to mention heater ducts of cars, etc. May save a few exploratory holes.
 
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You can't run Romex through a duct.
 
 

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