I'm installing an additional ceiling fan in my vaulted living room. A
cedar beam runs across it, with one fan on the end. This fan was there
when I bought the house, and a hole was drilled through it to run the
wires. I wish to put another hole in this beam for another fan.
The problem is that I don't think my drill is up for this. It's some
junker I got at Big Lots. It had trouble enough drilling through the
joists when I installed a fan elsewhere. Given the beam is about a foot
thick, I don't have any bits that could do the job either.
I'm half expecting there are extender bits for this kind of thing. Say,
I predrill halfway through or so, and then extend up to continue
drilling. Nonetheless, I don't think my current drill can handle it.
How powerful of a drill would I need? I could make a decision on
renting or whatnot from that. If it's $39.99 or less at Harbor Freight
then I may buy it there*.
I'm assuming putting int a small hole for the additional wiring isn't
going to ruin the structure of the beam. I'd rather go through the beam
than run around it. I suppose I could do something with 1x4s wrapping
around the beam in a pattern, and running the wires as needed through
that. I think that's as much work and will probably look like crap anyways.
*I fear a derail, but I've determined power tools less than or equal to
$39.99 work perfectly fine, but any more than that will either never
work, or crap out after seconds of use.