I am in the process of finishing my basement. My house has a wood foundation and I am about to start wiring the lights and recepticals.

I am wondering, since the studs are the foundation of the house, am I allowed to drill thru the studs for electrical wiring? Or do I have to drill thru the top plates?

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A few screws or nails do nothing to the structural integrity of your studs. A few holes for the wires are fine as long you don't make a swiss cheese out of them.

  • For most walls I agree, including load bearing ones. I wanted to make sure that it is ok for foundation studs. Do you know of any references that mention this?
    – lehn0058
    Oct 14, 2016 at 12:29
  • No, but I seen it done many times and I did it.
    – Ride Sun
    Oct 14, 2016 at 14:24

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