How to Snake Wires With a Tape Measure
A modified tape measure makes a great tool for fishing wires through walls and ceilings with insulation in them when adding a new circuit.
Bob Kelland of St. John’s, Newfoundland, sent in this week’s Reader Tip.
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.