I want to build a dog kennel next to my house, and then put a doggie
door through the wall to the kennel, so my dogs can go in and out on
their own. How can I determine if there are any electrical wires or
conduit in the way, before I make the cut? (this is a 50-year-old
ranch house, if it makes any difference).
You can buy a very inexpensive EMF tester at Home Depot that can tell you if
there is a live wire behind the drywall.
Alternatively, if you are going to put a door there regardless of whether
there is a wire or not, you can cut away the drywall with a drywall saw,
which is very dull and has a hard time going through Romex (if it is Romex).
An alternative to that is to use the drywall saw but with a very shallow cut
so that you don't strike the wire, if it's there.
My guess is that there is no wire down at the level of the doggy door,
depending, of course, on how high you intend to make that door.
50 year old home probaly has plaster, even lath and plaster.
best bet is attempt to find studs cut gently test hole in wall check
for obstructions like water sewer telephone, firestops, etc etc.
dog doors are wonderful having installed a couple best bet is probably
under window, that elminates many utilities like water and sewer.
test hole is safest using hammer bash small hole in perspective area
look inside. chances are good you will be fine. best to start inside,
easier to repair damage if you foind unhally surprise.
the reason i recommend hammer it cant damage wiring.
we installed door then fenced in yard, no fdogt walking needed, no door
opening, etc etc.
dogs can go outside when they want, happer healthier furry friends.
self toileting too.
dog doors are wonderful, once you get one you will never go back.
FYI - "Gypsum Board" as we know it has been around since 1913, and was used
in over 50% of homes built in 1955.
But it still could be lath/plaster since the other 50% were.
On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 15:15:24 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Cut a small hole about the size of an outlet in the center of where
the doggy door will be. Reach in and feel the wires or conduit (which
I doubt you have). You can then move the wires or conduit quite
If there is an outlet on each side of the area that you want to install the
doggie door than there is a good possibility that there may be a wire or
conduit crossing your path. If you have a basement take a look under the
intended area to see if any water pipes, ducts, or wires go through the
If there is a cable in your way, it is possible to cut it and mount an
outlet on each side of the doggie door and run a cable in between them above
or below your new door. An electrical conduit can be more difficult, but
not impossible to relocate. A professional electrician should be able to
take care of it for you.
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