There has to be an EASIER way to do this job.
I can get the jobs like this done, but they take longer than necessary.
Friend of mine wanted to run a cable wire to a wall box so he could have a
cover plate for the cable outlet. The EXISTING box had flat twin lead for TV
from years ago.
I drilled up into the cavity from the basement since the wire was being fed UP
to the box. We could see the LIGHT so we knew we were in the right cavity. The
wire needed to run only about 2 FEET to the outlet box.
We hooked fishing tapes twice but lost it.
Finally I CUT the strap one end of the box and was able to push the box out of
the way to finally get the tape from the basement and make the hookup.
HOW DO THE "PROS" DEAL WITH THIS since time is $$$ ???
Situation I faced :
Guy had a STEEL box in the wall ( same box used for light swtiches or duplex
The box had a MOUNTING STRAP consisting of a 1 inch wide steel band about 7
inches long welded to one side of the box - about 2 inches of strap on top of
the box and about 2 inches below that box. Nails were used in the holes on each
end of the strap to hold outlet box in place.
I CUT one of the 2 inch pieces allowing the box to be swung out of the way so I
could get the cable wire being fed up from the basement.
I could find no other way.
Stupid shows on TV and in books always show a HOLE or HOLES when wires are
being fished. Life should be so easy.
Would a pro simply use a punch to PUNCH THE BOX into the wall and then grab the
fish tape and then install a new box ??? Awfully brutal and not very
professional to me.
How do pros run wires to EXISTING boxes without destroying the customer's
sheetrock or is that NOT possible ???????
I have searched DIY sites but they show nice big HOLES when fishing wires with
NO existing boxes in them.