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Old 11-29-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Best Way to Route New Wires Thru Ceiling?

I planning to replace my overhead florescent fixtures with LED puck lights and have been getting a lot of great information on related threads.

I'm curious if anyone has learned the best way to run new wires in the ceiling. I'll need to route wires from the current florescent fixtures to the new locations of the recessed puck lights. Some of this can be done via the A/C ducting but I'll still need to cover 12 to 18" outside the duct channel for each light.

The construction of my ceiling is probably pretty standard in that the headliner is glued to the ceiling board and the board is glued to the styrofoam insulation. The A/C channels are just cut into the styrofoam. I think the best way to route new wires would be to somehow "tunnel" into the styrofoam just above the ceiling board and it's that technique I'm looking for. I guess a fairly stiff metal rod could do the trick but if there's a better way......

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I was able to fish wires using a set of fiberglass poles that screwed together to be used with a chimney cleaning brush. Just did a search on Ebay and found a set for $7.49 plus shipping.
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Thanks Brian... did you just kind of bore through the styrofoam an inch at a time?

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As long as you don't hit anything solid you can just give it short taps to drive it through. Take it slow and if you do hit something solid pull back and move over a few inches and try again. It is possible to snag other wires so be careful. What I did was pass the rods through and then attach the wire and pull it back. However I was not doing an Itasca so your results may vary.
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