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I'm looking at the websites for our local hardware stores (Rona, Totem, Home Hardware, Home Depot) for a 3 foot long drill bit, but all I'm coming up with is standard bits.

The problem is that it's probably a specialized tool and might even have a special name.

I need a drill bit long enough to punch a hole from my upstairs home theatre room into my basement server room.

Is there a special name for this bit and where might I find such a tool?

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I definitely read that the first time as a 3" bit, and I was very confused. –  Doresoom Jan 10 '12 at 17:38
    
my bad. THREE FEET LONG –  Chase Florell Jan 10 '12 at 17:42
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Hahaha, this reminds me of Spinal Tap so much. (Warning: NSFW language) –  Doresoom Jan 10 '12 at 18:17
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You can probably go to a local electrical wholesaler and pick one up. 36, 54, and 72 inches are the norm and you can even get extensions if you need longer. –  lqlarry Jan 11 '12 at 3:33

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Try searching for "auger bit".

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great, thanks!!! –  Chase Florell Jan 10 '12 at 17:21

Klein Tools has some Flex Auger Bits and Extensions.

Next time you're at the Home Depot check the Electrical section.

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I find these fun to use for some reason. Most of them have a screw at the tip of the bit to make them self-starting too. –  Steven Jan 10 '12 at 20:29
    
Ideal makes a good flex bit also. We always called them installer bits. –  shirlock homes Jan 10 '12 at 22:50

Try "installer bit"; the flexible ones are particularly nice. I have a 54" one, which is enough to run a line for a light switch into the floor below.

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There's a hole in the drill bit, which lets you use it as a fish:

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What is the wire mesh on your pull rod called? I had that at one of my high school jobs, but haven't been able to find it since and don't know its proper name. –  Kellenjb Jan 11 '12 at 16:31
    
@Kellenjb as far as I can tell, it's just called a "wire mesh cable pull" or "cable grip". A search for that finds a bunch of places where you can buy different sizes with different types of attachments. The one I have came with the installer bit. –  gregmac Jan 13 '12 at 15:08
    
Looks like it works like a chinese finger trap –  Wayne Werner May 22 '13 at 12:43

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