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Theres a Better Way

Snake Wires With a Tape Measure

comments (5) May 13th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

Video Length: 1:44
Produced by: John Ross, Edited by Cari Delahanty

Bob Kelland of St. John’s, Newfoundland, sent in this week's Reader Tip.

Bob writes:

When upgrading the electrical outlets in my kitchen I needed to pull a wire from the bottom of the wall into the attic. I used an old measuring tape to pull the cables. I slipped the end of the tape (the one without the hook) into a hole cut into the drywall at the top of the wall. Even though this is an exterior wall, with fiberglass insulation and a vapor barrier, the flat tape slid easily between the drywall and the vapor barrier.

Once the end of the tape emerged in the hole in the bottom of the wall, I looped the cable through the slot in the tape, and pulled the cable to the top of the wall. From there it was an easy path to the attic.

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Comments (5)

Ed_Pirnik Ed_Pirnik writes: Hi jh03361: In the tool-actuated vacuum segment, Chuck actually did mention the need to be sure you're not going to drill into any electrical components before-hand. Have another look. The reminder appears at minute 1:10 in that video. Just wanted to chime in since I was one of the producers on that segment.

Cheers and thank you for watching!


Posted: 11:51 am on May 20th

jh03361 jh03361 writes: Chuck:

You correctly mentioned being careful not to drill/screw into electrical wiring of the vacuum, but did not do the same for the Sears actuated switch. That could be especially critical for such a small housing with several closely located electrical components.


Posted: 1:03 pm on May 17th

RatcliffSound RatcliffSound writes: I must agree with Bad_Pete. As a paying member, it frustrates me to watch ads at the beginning of videos.
Posted: 12:41 pm on May 17th

Bad_Pete Bad_Pete writes: This got contaminated by commercials what a shame ! this makes it usless like cable tv in the last years ,whats the point of being a paying member if we have to listen to commercial selling stuff we dont need or intersted in .
Posted: 10:13 am on May 17th

Fonzie Fonzie writes: That's a great tip - how did we overlook this? Thanks.
Posted: 8:30 am on May 17th

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