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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.

posted in: Blogs, remodeling, walls, electrical, snake, wire, tape

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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