How do you run electrical through studs?

When running cable along the length of studs or joists, keep the cable to the center of each, leaving a 1 1/4-in. minimum clearance on each side of the framing member. When running cable through studs, drill all holes at the same height so that the cable is run level to the floor.

How do you run power through a stud wall?

Cut an access opening on the side of every stud that you marked on the wall. Drill left to right or right to left through a wall stud with power drill and a 1 1/4-inch bit, working through the access openings that you cut in the drywall. Drill one hole through every stud along the wall where the wiring will go.

How many holes can you drill in a stud for wiring?

Holes in bearing wall studs (exterior and interior walls that bear the weight of the roof and/or other stories above) may not exceed 40 percent of the width of the stud. Notches in bearing wall studs may not exceed 25 percent of the stud’s width. Holes in non-bearing walls can’t exceed 60 percent of their width.

Can I run wire behind studs?

Yes, you can run the cable behind the studs. In these situations, you often see the electrician only drill a hole in every other stud and run behind the stud between. You can also afford to offset the drilled holes towards the back of the stud to get them even farther from possible damage from nails.

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What are the codes for drilling in studs?

IRC R602.

Any stud shall be permitted to be bored or drilled, provided that the diameter of the resulting hole is not more than 60 percent of the stud depth width, the edge of the hole is not more less than 5/8 inch (16 mm) to from the edge of the stud, and the hole is not located in the same section as a cut or notch.