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Theres a Better Way

How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

comments (0) December 2nd, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

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Video Length: 1:42

If you need to drill a hole to install some bell wire, you could buy a special bit for it, and since you're going to only use it once, then go and sell it on Ebay. But there's a better way.

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Sam Yoder from Cambridge, Massachusetts, uses an insulation support wire for exactly this purpose. Here's how he does it. The first thing to do is to put a chisel point on the end of it so it will go through wood, or drywall, or plywood, or whatever. Sam uses a pair of side cutters to cut the end of one of these wires on a bias so it forms a little chisel point. Make sure you wear your safety glasses when you're doing that. This point is sharp enough to go through most building materials, and you can renew it with another snip of the side cutters whenever you need to. And incidentally, this is a great way to go through a subfloor assembly if you need to run a wire from up above to down below. And you can even use it as a snake by taping wires to it to pull them from one floor to the next.

As a demonstration, I'm going to go through a 4x4 and see if I need to resharpen the homemade bit. Sam says he's used this to go around corners in wood, and I'm going to take his word for that. How about that? Drilling a curved hole with one of these things. Thanks, Sam. Great tip.

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