drill thru cripple studs above bay window

jaysgardenMarch 21, 2011

Last month the bay window in the living room leaked.

While I have the drywall off part of the living room wall, I want to run wiring to install a ceiling fan in the living room.

Question: is it OK to drill holes thru the cripple studs above the header to run the 12/3 cable for the fan-light combo?

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It depends on your local building code, but in most places this is allowed. Drill the holes in the center of the studs. If you're closer than 1 1/4" from the hole to the edge of the stud, you'll need to attach a nailing plate to protect the wire-to-be from the errant long nail/screw.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 4:08PM
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Some 1/2 inch (or even 5/8 inch) holes in the center of the studs is not going to affect them.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 6:15PM
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