Removing Wires From Framing
By Ethan Bickford
During demolition you’ll often run into this problem.
A wire through a hole in the middle of a stud that’s being removed.
I was looking at this problem a while ago and realized I could use the grain of the wood and the hole the wire is passing through to my advantage. Here’s what you do.
Here I used an oscillating multi-tool but any number of saws will also work.
Assuming you didn’t make the mistake I did here and cut the kerf angled away from the hole then you should be able to easily tap out a block of wood from the stud, freeing the wire and allowing you to continue demoing the wall while leaving the wiring intact.
Warning: working with tools is dangerous and doing it around wiring is even more dangerous. Shut off the breaker for the circuits in the area you are working in and always assume wires are live.