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    Default Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    In my main level, I have a 12-ft long hallway & common area run with 1 overhead light fixture. I would like to add a recess fixture as spot lighting for a (dark) closet in the hallway.

    I would pull wire from the existing overhead fixture, but am deterred by not knowing how the overhead joists line up, either parallel to the hall or perpindicular.
    Just for a spot light, I will not drill holes through several joists if they are perpindicular or open plaster board to pull 4 feet of wire to where I want the recess fixture.
    My 2nd floor is a "cape cod" style where the finished 2nd fl. is part of the attic (w/ dormers).

    The house is 55 x 35 and the hallway parallels the (short) 35' sides. Given the 35' span, how would you expect the joists to run ?? Would you expect joists to run parallel to the 35' side, and attach to a header over a door? The house is 1964, plaster boards and the main level has 9 ft ceiling.

    You can tell I've never done framing or know much about bare-bones construction.
    Last edited by t_manero; 07-25-2012 at 09:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    Hard to say which way the joists run. I'd open the ceiling in the closet to see, run my wires, install the light fixture and re-drywall.

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    Default Re: Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    cut the hole for the recessed light, where you want it to go. once you get the hole open you can see which way the joists run. if the joists run perpendicular to the hall, you should have strapping on the bottom of the joists and you can run the wire below the joists.

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    Default Re: Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    Quote Originally Posted by MLBSF View Post
    if the joists run perpendicular to the hall, you should have strapping on the bottom of the joists and you can run the wire below the joists.
    Wouldn't the ceiling plaster boards (1964) be nailed (tight) to the joists ?

    Also, how would I pull wire into the overhead fixture box as the power source ? I expect the round box be strapped/tied to 2 joists. Do those boxes have knockouts to bring wire in. The house has AC all over (w/ apparently a Au ground wire, small diameter).

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    My best guess is that the ceiling joist would run perpendicular to the ridge line of the roof.

    Is your basement finished? If the ceiling joist is running the wrong way to make it easy, then I would try to install a light inside the closet with the switch inside the closet, power supplied via a run from the basement.

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    Default Re: Recess Lighting, Pulling Wire & Joist

    blue board is not nailed or screwed into joists, it's nailed into strapping that runs perpendicular to the joists. try youtubing "attaching shetrock to a ceiling" or something similar and you can see the setup. you should be able to run your wire without a problem between fixtures. you might have to punch a small hole where the existing light is so that you can get the wire and feed it through one of the knock outs in the box that has the light fixture attached to it.

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