The attempts to succeed at wiring drop #1 have not been going well. I took some time to try and remove a can light from the ceiling so I could hopefully access the pole from above. Those attempts were futile. I could not figure out how to get the light trim down.
As I was considering buying some firmer fishing poles, so I could push the pole up through the the insulation batt, I realized, I had a really firm pole already – the 10′ drill bit. And it’s been up there already once. So my next attempt to get anything up there will be using the drill bit as a push pole.
In the meantime, I figured maybe I would try and see how difficult it would be to pull the other run in the back bedroom. The general plan was to cut a hole in the wall, push the drill bit up and drill through the header, then push the rod up into the attic and see if I could find it.
After cutting the opening, I found that I didn’t even have enough depth available to install the outlet plate, I had to trim it down with the Dremel. Once the ring was mounted to protect the drywall, I pushed the pole up the wall with the camera attached. Surprisingly, it seemed like I made it into the attic unobstructed. Yup, according to my tape marking on the pole, 8 inches past the ceiling. So… I never needed a drill bit, for either run? I could have used the money for stiffer poles for run #1. Unless… the pole was bending behind the wall, but it didn’t appear to be from the video.
Anyway, that seems promising, but the real test will be when I get in the attic and see if I can find the pole. The plan is to push the drill bit up #1 and the fiberglass pole up #2, each with pull cords. I’ll grab what I can then.