replacing k&t light fixture wiring

civ_IV_fanSeptember 19, 2011

Nearly all of my house's wiring is updated except for k&t running from the switches to the light fixture. Now this is perfectly safe as we all know. However, I would like to add some insulation to the attic and that means taking out the K&T for the second floor light fixtures.

Note that I have no attic access.

What is the best way to replace this wiring with minimal damage to the lath & plaster? I am primarily concerned with how to fish the wire from the ceiling to the wall cavity without making a giant hole at the wall/ceiling intersection. I do not have crown molding in these rooms.

How have some of you all handled this certainly fairly common task?

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columbusguy1

Civ, from my electrical book, I don't think you can avoid making a hole--but it doesn't have to be big--a couple inches should do it.

Sort of confused by the statement 'no attic access'...if so, how are you adding the insulation?

In my bedroom, they added a switch for the light by using wire channel--metal 'tubes' which are surface mounted to the wall/ceiling--not a great look, but it can be painted to match the room. The second bedroom has no light, but the electric outlets were run the same way just above the baseboards.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:59PM
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civ_IV_fan

yeah, i know there needs to be a hole, i'm just thinking about the size it would need to be to accommodate a drill, considering what it might be like to get around the top-plate.

i have two gable vents that I think can be used to blow in insulation.

i have some wiremold in another room, i don't really like the look of it if it can be avoided.

thanks!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 2:15PM
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brickeyee

You do not need a hole large enough for a drill, just a longer drill bit.

24 inch ships auger bits are how you get through top plates from below.

You go through the wall at a shallow angle and then through the top plate from below.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 2:50PM
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civ_IV_fan

brickeyee -- so you are saying you can get by with just the long auger bit and not need to take out a chunk of lath and plaster, right....that would be remarkable. do you use like a 9/16" bit?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 3:00PM
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