Drill through the wall with the installer bit. Remove the bit from the drill (leaving it in the hole). Go outside and (or have a helper) connect the cable to the end of the installer bit. Back inside, pull the bit and cable back through the hole.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you drill through header?
A header is a load bearing, structural member, just as a joist is, just as a stud in a bearing wall is. Code allows drilling through a joist as well as notching studs in bearing walls. The trick to such notching is that it's not excessive and not in vulnerable parts of the member.
Can you drill hole in exterior wall?
Drill through the wall with the installer bit. Remove the bit from the drill (leaving it in the hole). Back inside, pull the bit and cable back through the hole. ...
Can you drill through a header for wiring?
When installing wiring in your home, it is always best to avoid drilling through load bearing elements. If you have no choice, wires can be set within notches in your header to preserve as much structural integrity as possible.
Can you drill a hole in a load bearing beam?
Load bearing walls can have holes drilled into them not to exceed 40% of the width of the stud without compromising the integrity of the structure. Non-load bearing walls can have holes drilled into them not to exceed 60% of the width of the stud.
How do you drill a hole in a wall?
Place the tip of your drill bit into the indentation and gently squeeze the drill's trigger, making sure to keep the bit straight. Slowly increase the bit speed as you apply pressure. When you've achieved your desired depth, slow the bit down, but don't stop it. Keep pressing the trigger and slowly pull the bit from the hole.
How do you mark the depth of a hole in the wall?
Mark the depth by wrapping a thin strip of masking tape around the drill bit. Some drills come with depth gauges to help you mark the appropriate depth. If you’re putting in a screw or anchor, you’ll also need to choose a bit of the appropriate diameter.
What kind of drill bit do I need to drill hole in wall?
If your wall is smooth and sounds hollow when you knock on it, it’s likely a form of drywall, such as sheetrock or plasterboard. For drilling a simple hole into this type of wall, a drywall bit is your best bet. You can purchase drywall bits and other types of drill bits at most hardware or home improvement stores.
What's the best way to drill into drywall?
Make sure the bit is level and positioned at a 90° angle relative to the wall. Squeeze the trigger gently to begin turning the bit. If you’re drilling into drywall, you may find it helpful to make a small indentation with a hammer and countersink before you drill to help guide the bit.