My house is balloon-framed, clapboards on the outside, sheathing on the
of 1" boards, which are furred with laths, then covered with wood lath
Partition walls have 2 x 4 studs set flat and covered with lath and
plaster on both
sides, giving about a 1 5/8" wide cavity. Fishing vertical runs of
cable is NO problem
with the balloon framing as long as you don't hit a window, and as long
as you don't
snag the cable on the shingle nails that bristle from the clapboards
were added at some point). I used MC to deal with those nails. Let's
that the lath and plaster is old and inclined to crumble, and the walls
are full of that
awful blown-in cellulose insulation.
Now, here are my problems.
1. After cutting a hole in a side wall, I have 2" from
the wall surface to the studs. Attempting to cut 2" from the wall
below the baseboard
to drill the studs involves a huge mess, and seems unnecessary, given
Anything unworkmanlike about cutting slots over each stud, running the
and over the stud, protected by nail plates? Fishing wires up to the
attic and back down
involves at least 18' of cable for each outlet, and that adds up to
excessive voltage drop.
I don't really want baseboard outlets, either, nor do I want to
demolish any more of
that ancient plaster than I have to...breaks tend to cause more breaks
and soon you
have a huge unstable wall which was perfectly solid before.
2. The partition wall depth is no problem since I use 4S boxes with mud
but since I will need nail plates anyway, I plan to just notch the
studs and run the cables
through the notches. I don't really like doing this; I'd prefer to
drill or fish.
Has anybody else worked on a house built this way? It seems to be
in old places around here.
A. P. M. F.