Fishing speaker wire through crown molding


When I first moved in to my current home, I installed crown molding in the living room without thinking about the future.
Now, I have a stereo with 4 wall mountable small speakers that I would like to run wire for. Rather than running all the way through the roof, I would like to run in the hollow space behind the crown molding. Do they make a fishtape small enough to run through a 1/4" hole?
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use compressed air to blow a string thru or a vacumn to pull it thru
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Brian V wrote:

I wonder if anyone has ever blown crown molding off the wall with compressed air? That would be interesting to see...in someone else's house.
Your idea is a good one. Drill a hole, larger than 1/4" please (even if it's stained wood, you can plug it and match the grain and pull a spot repair so no one would ever notice it), tie a thin line to a small grocery plastic bag, push the bag all the way into the hole, then put the vacuum nozzle over the hole at the other end and have at it. It will take about a couple of seconds for it to show up at your end. Pull the bag through the hole and you're home free.
I'm envious of you. I have a similar situation where I need to run some AV wire behind the crown molding, but the crown has solid divider blocks every eight feet. I have to pull the molding, drill through the blocks, run the wire, reinstall the crown and touch up paint the walls, crown and ceiling. Sigh. Care to switch projects with me? ;)
R
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Have you ever done this?
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there is a version of this which uses a beaded chain like your light switch pull chain. but when you see hdsupply and search for fish tape it reveals some small sized tapes. at: http://hdsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?storeId051&langId=-1&catalogId051&pageSize00&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&resultType=1&searchTermScope=3&searchType=ALL&searchTermCaseSensitive=no&searchTermOperator=LIKE&orderBy1tEntDescName&errorViewNamevancedSearchView&searchTerm=fish+tape
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On 20 Nov 2006 13:12:55 -0800, " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

If you know for a fact that nothing will block the fish tape, try an electrical fish tape. I would slant the 1/4" hole towards the direction of travel so you do not have to make the initial sharp turn.
Getting the fish tape out the other will be fun.... through a 1/4" hole.
I've put crown up with nailing blocks at the studs, so this would not work. -- Oren
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens constantly."
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I think a typical metal fish is 1/8" on its wider dimension.

Good idea.

She could tie a piece of string with a few loops made up in it to the head of the fish tape and then hook it with a thin metal wire and draw the string out of the hole.
The second hole could also be drilled at an angle.
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On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 17:57:01 -0500, Chris B.

We ran out of humor one day; trying to get a wire across a four foot space...using fiberglass rod. We could only go one way, but the rod kept deflecting off something mechanical. I had an eye-ball up trying to see the tape/wire (grin).
-- Oren
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens constantly."
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good ideas guys. Thanks!
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On 20 Nov 2006 13:12:55 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

A lot of installation stuff here: http://tinyurl.com/ynhl64
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