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drill thru cripple studs above bay window

Posted by jaysgarden (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 21, 11 at 14:25

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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Here is a link that might be useful: wall

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RE: drill thru cripple studs above bay window

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.

RE: drill thru cripple studs above bay window

Some 1/2 inch (or even 5/8 inch) holes in the center of the studs is not going to affect them.

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