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post #1 of 4 Old 08-14-2014, 09:29 PM - Thread Starter
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Running Cable Exterior Wall


Im trying to run a new outlet in exterior wall(side of house). This is on the second floor with access to the attic. I have done this on interiors,etc but never dealt with exterior walls.

I realize I will have to fight insulation but Im not sure where to drill from the top? It looks like drywall runs under the 2x4 . Are the studs against the vertical 2x4 and then come out another 1.5 on the one laying flat?

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When in doubt drill a really small hole and stick a straightened out coat hanger up through the ceiling. That will give you a reference point to measure from above and below. Then patch the hole and paint.
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Or (from above) look for an existing hole where the power goes through.
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Your guess is probably pretty good. Big Mouth in DC has a good plan, though, as you can drill a very small hole and patch the drywall pretty easily. I'd say that if you drill within the 2 or so inches from the edge of 2x4 on the outside wall, you should hit the stud bay (and of course measure well so you don't hit a stud). Note that there are probably two 2x4s for a header, so you'll need to drill through 3 inches or so.

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