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I am trying to fish a cable up from an outlet/switch box, over a door, and back down to a box outside. What is the best method to fish the cable?

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    Do you have access below (unfinished basement, crawlspace)? Do you have access above (attic)? – Tester101 Dec 23 '15 at 20:20
  • @Tester101 hints at the better alternative - usually you'll want to make the horizontal run in the attic or the basement, if you have access above or below. – batsplatsterson Dec 24 '15 at 18:24
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Accept the need to do drywall repair.


Knock some access holes. Unless you are going into an accessible (attic, say) space to go "over a door" you need to drill holes in studs - and if there happen to be holes there now, you still are not going to be able to fish through them without some access holes, IMPE.

  • There is an existing wire already there. Will that help anything? Very hesitant to cut walls as it is paneling from the 80's. – Jackpen7 Dec 23 '15 at 19:48
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    Unless you have access to some military-spec camera-guided robot technology, this is your answer. – isherwood Dec 23 '15 at 19:54
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    Paneling can actually be a boon - if you carefully remove a few sheets, the quality of drywall repair needed (assuming it even is over drywall) goes way, way down. – Ecnerwal Dec 23 '15 at 20:08
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    Paneling is often installed with very small trim nails. Find (or make) a nail set with the right size tip and drive the nails through the paneling to remove it. – isherwood Dec 23 '15 at 20:47
  • Remember paneling is sometimes glued on ... trying to remove it could go way wrong. – batsplatsterson Dec 24 '15 at 18:23

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