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Drillng holes in exterior before dense packing with cellulos

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Drillng holes in exterior before dense packing with cellulos

Postby SIM » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:30 pm


Cellulose insulation can be dense packed into exterior walls from the outside after the siding has been removed. A larger drill with side handle and carbide tipped hole saw work best. When drilling the hole be careful not to cut electrical wires inside the wall. After the hole is cut measure left and right to approximate the placement of the next stud, as well as to be certain that there were no additional studs placed between the previous hole and the one just drilled. If it is difficult getting the fill tube to bend and move up or down the wall cavity drill another hole at an up angle and a down angle.
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Re: Drillng holes in exterior before dense packing with cellulos

Postby dmitrimartin » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:40 am

How do you avoid hitting any electrical wires when drilling holes? I've done two home now and have narrowly missed several wires. I feel like I'm playing russian roulette with every hole.

PS - I see you have a stop mounted on your drill. Where could I find one of those?
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Re: Drillng holes in exterior before dense packing with cellulos

Postby Itchy » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:21 am

A stop rod is the best when drilling holes into exterior side walls before blowing in your cellulose insulation, otherwise you just have to really take your time. That drill looks like a Rigid brand and the stop must have come with the drill.
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