Fishing wires through finished walls is a task that requires both patience and good planning. A reference point should be established for all the wires going in the same direction. Fishing wire through the basement can be easier but the run might be longer. Perhaps one of the best places to snake electrical wires through finished walls is behind baseboards. A stud finder is helpful to determine where wall cuts will begin and end. When fishing wires from floor to floor, more holes will be required on the top and bottom of each wall.
Things You'll Need
- Fishing line
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape
- Wire shields
- Cordless drill
- Putty knife
- Drywall compound
Mark the wall along the top of the baseboard using the pencil. Use the utility knife to cut along the traced pencil mark. Remove any screws holding the baseboard to the stud. Pull the baseboard out gently; it will be reused. If removing a baseboard is not an option, follow the next step.
Locate the closest stud to the point where the wire will begin traveling, using a stud finder. Trace both the beginning and end of the stud with a pencil. Use a cutter or a utility knife to cut along the pencil marks. Keep the cut straight and clean so the drywall pieces can be reused. Repeat the steps for the rest of the studs along the wire path.
Drill a hole through the middle of each stud along the wire path. The holes can be drilled with a 3/4 inch bit. If the holes are more than one inch in diameter, then a wire shield should be used. The wire shield installs on top of the stud and covers the area where the wire is installed. This will keep the wire safe from nails and other wall penetrators.
Use the fishing line to drag the wire to the desired location. Hook the wire at the tip of the fishing line and pull straight. Leave eight extra inches of wire outside the wall for circuit installation. Secure the wire so it does not roll back.
Cover up the openings of the walls using the pieces of drywall previously removed or cut new ones. Use a cordless drill and nails to secure the pieces in place and to the stud, then apply drywall compound on top of the drywall pieces using the putty knife. Even the compound straight with the wall and leave it to dry.
Trim the pieces and paint over it with the same paint color matching the wall. Leave it to dry
- "Creative Homeowner Ultimate Guide: Wiring"; John Caloggero, Rex Cauldwell and Steve Wilson; 2010
- Photo Credit drywall worker image by Sherri Camp from Fotolia.com
How to Run Speaker Wire Through Walls
Speaker wire is easier to run inside of walls than electrical wire however you will still need to cut out drywall to...
How to Fish a Wire Through a Wall
It is a fairly easy process to fish a wire through a wall but if you don't know what you are doing,...
How to Snake Cable Through Walls
Snaking cables through walls can be done quickly with the use of a tool called a fish tape, which is a long,...
How to Run Cables and Wires Behind Baseboards
Running cable or wires to a new location in a finished room can be a difficult, messy and time-consuming job that may...
How to Route Electrical Wire Through a House
Routing wires through a finished home can be a challenge. It requires drilling and cutting into the structure's finish to gain access...
How to Run Wires Through a Wall
Nothing ruins the sharp look of a new home theater like speakers wires dangling all over the walls. Conceal them the way...
How to Run Electrical Wire Through Wall Studs
Electrical wire follows one of three paths within a house; through the attic, the basement or crawlspace, or through the walls. The...
How to Run a Coax Cable Through a Wall
Coax cable is used for satellite TV, cable TV, attaching antennas to televisions or adding another connection to a room. Coax cable...
Tips for Routing Romex Wire
Romex is the most common type of domestic electrical wire. It is routed inside of walls to connect main service boxes to...
How to Run Electrical Wires Through a Wall
Start running electrical wires through the wall by making a small hole. Learn to run electrical wires through a wall with tips...
How to Run Speaker Wire Through Walls
In order to run speaker wire through the walls, an individual will need a low-voltage jack and a cover plate, in addition...
Techniques to Snake Electrical Wire
There are a number of things that will help you snake electrical wires more efficiently. Even if you only do electrical work...