Removing Wires From Framing

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

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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.

Now you could try to carefully cut the stud at the point where the hole for the wire is but then you run the risk of damaging the wirRemoving Wires From Framinge.

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.

I starting by bending the wire out of the way slightly. Then starting about 1-1/2” away from the hole cut a kerf angled slightly towards the hole then do the same oRemoving Wires From Framingn the other side.

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 Removing Wires From Framingtap 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.

Removing Wires From Framing

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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