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Rockrz 05-13-2013 10:43 AM

Help wire running wire thru Attic....
I'm needing to run an ethernet cable from my home office thru the attic to the living room at the other end of the house... problem it that is is an older house that has one of those really low roof lines so there's hardly any room at all to crawl thru the attic to do this normally.

But, in the closet I do have a trap door so I can stick my head up in the attic and see right down to where I need to run the ethernet cable to.

So, is there some sort of retractable tool that is available to would extend out about 60 or 70 feet that would enable me to tie the cable on to so I can drag this down the length of my attic without having to hire some little kid to crawl thru there to bring the cable down to the other end?

Any ideas (other than running it on the outside which isn't going to happen) on how to get the cable down there without having to crawl thru this very low attic space would be appreciated.


nealtw 05-13-2013 10:58 AM

Will you be cutting a hole in the ceiling to grab the end of the wire or are you hoping to snare it a pulling it back to the door?

Rockrz 05-13-2013 11:12 AM


in the closet I do have a trap door so I can stick my head up in the attic and see right down to where I need to run the ethernet cable to.
I'll deal with that once the cable is run...

nealtw 05-13-2013 11:28 AM

60 or 70 ft sound like a long shot at best. What come to mind is something like plastic conduit that you can make eazy joints and keep adding peices until you get to the right area and the feed the wire thru it. The front end might need something the shape of a ski so it rides over the joists.

Rockrz 05-13-2013 11:33 AM

Yeah, I guess I could get a bunch of short pieces of PCV pipe and put them together while pushing the whole thing down the line... I was just hoping there was some sort of tool made to handle situations like this.

There's gotta be something!

nealtw 05-13-2013 11:58 AM

Well there is a sling shot with a fishing line.

Rockrz 05-13-2013 12:10 PM


Sling-A-Line is a slingshot with a fishing reel attached. The slingshot is used to fire the lead weight attached to the monofilment line in the fishing reel. The reel can then pull the weight back by reeling it in
This might be something I can use and even make myself...

Thanks for the tip!

nealtw 05-13-2013 12:15 PM
Maybe you can find someone to rent one of these. Stange the things you find when you go looking.

Rockrz 05-13-2013 12:26 PM

KewL... I was searching too and couldn't think of any good key words for my situation here.

CallMeVilla 05-13-2013 12:36 PM

I did some rewiring in a hospital once .... the overhead was impossible to navigate. Believe it or not, I used a small crossbow to shoot a line 30' down the run each time until I got to where I needed to be. Then attached the romex to the line and pulled it back!

You will not make it in one shot due to arrow drop.

So, if you are not afraid to cut an access hole, you can do it this way in steps. :D

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