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Installation TIP - Tubes You Can UseAuthor: Grayson EvansFeeding a ballchain down a wall cavity and retrieving it from a hole in the bottom of the cavity on the opposite side is harder than it looks.
It's fairly common to need to feed a ball-chain down a wall cavity from a hole in a wall stud (rather than down from a hole in the top plate). If you have ever tried to do this through a ½ or smaller hole, you'll notice two things. 1) it is darn hard to feed the chain through the hole! You gotta poke it through using something handy off the floor or a screwdriver and tease it in till it falls from it's own weight [I saw guys at the show take 5 min. to do this!], and 2) once the chain is through and down, it will be up against the stud, usually not where you want it.
Both problems can be solved by using a small tube to quickly feed the chain through the hole and get it where you want it. The tube can be as simple as a soda straw or a thin- walled aluminum or brass tube from the hobby or hardware store. I'll show you both.
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