I just bought a house last October that was built in the 1920s and it
was renovated almost completely before we purchased it. The previous
owner had the telephone jack on the opposite wall of where I want it.
He had a hole drilled into the baseboard and the jack mounted.
Disconnecting is obviously easy enough, as is drilling a new hole, but
when I'm in the attic, what is the best way to fish the phone wire
down to where I want to install the jack? I'm not familiar with
plaster and this is my first house, so I'm learning.
Any help would really be appreciated. Thanks!!!
To drill down inside the petition, you must locate it first. From in the
attic, with any floor boards removed, you'll see the 2x4 cap of the wall
petition, as opposed to wood lathe or wire lathe. The easiest way to locate
the wall is to drill a very small pilot hole from inside the room. Using a
thin, long drill bit or piece of stiff wire, drill into the ceiling right at
the wall where you want to run the cable. From in the attic, locate the wire
or bit and drill down two inches toward the wall from where the bit came up.
Now drop a snake or jack chain into the hole and pull it out where you open
the wall for the new jack
Good advice but beware - there may be fire blocking between the studs (a
16" long 2x4 installed midway between floor and ceiling. You'll need a
very long and somewhat flexible drill to get through it. Perhaps you
can install the wire from below? Also, you don't have to install a full
box in the lath and plaster wall to house the telephone socket - a small
hole is all that is needed with appropriate screws in the plastic plate
to hold the plate to the wall. (But a big hole makes fishing the wire
It's not likely to find fire blocking in a 1920's house, unless it was
recently installed, but it wouldn't be in the middle of a wall. You may find
cat beams if the ceiling is over eight feet high, or possibly wind bracing,
which will make your life miserable, but most likely the biggest obstacle
will be the plaster itself
chances are if it's an interior wall, it's open to the attic. you may have
to dig around in any insulation that may be there, but the wall cavities in
those era of houses were all open to the attic. I'm working on one that's
this way and even the gable end walls are wide open to the attic. Piece of
cake to wire. Stick your flashlight in the new outlet hole and go upstairs
and look for the glow. <G>
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