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Need tips on running cable through brick

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by trucker, Aug 20, 2007.

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  1. trucker

    trucker Cool Member

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    I'll be installing pole mount for au9 dish and running cables through outside wall on my ranch house to the basement. I know they make long masonary bits in smaller sizes but then what? Would I have to chisel the rest to get a 1-1.5" or so hole? Any ideas or tips would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. HDTVsportsfan

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    I don't have alot of experience w/ how large of a drill bit is available for brick. However, simply drilling multiple holes may be the best and easiest solution.

    Let us know what you do.
     
  3. 69hokie

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    Drill through the mortor joint, much easier and less likely to crack the brick. Depending on how high you are drilling, expect to either run into block or wood on the other side of the brick. I drilled mine thorugh the mortor joint at a point above the block and foundation plate through the end cap of a floor joist. I used a 5/16 masonary bit for the mortor about 6" long, drilled four holes adjacent to each other and worked the bit back and forth until I essentially had a slot for 4 wires with some wiggle room. I then used a long wood drill bit the same size to drill the same through the floor joist. Closed it up using cement caulk after installation was complete.
     
  4. trucker

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    First of all thanks for your help with everything. Well after roaming around home depot for a while I found a 1" masonary bit and several smaller sizes.

    I am planning on drilling through the mortar, working up to the 1" bit which I will work around/move around untill I get about a 1 and 1/4" size hole.

    I then plan on cuttling a piece of grey pvc and sliding into the hole and attaching a 90 deg. bend to another 90 deg. bend (think bakwards S) which will run to a straight section(buried of course) out to my pole mount.....SWEET!
     
  5. HDTVsportsfan

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    I don't do alot of drilling thru brick walls, but isn't drilling the the mortor joints alot tougher than the brick itself?
     
  6. trucker

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    Hi sportsfan, I'm not really sure but every other hole in my house is started through the mortar...Sprinkler system cable, air cond. etc.. Maybe because the brick is more brittle?
     
  7. MattG

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    Be sure to use an impact drill with those masonry bits otherwise it won't work. The best approach is to drill four 5/16" inch holes through the mortar spaced about an inch apart in my opinion.
     
  8. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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    I always go through the mortar. Much easier.

    Anyway, I make a 1/4 or 3/8 pilot depending on how hard the mortar is. Then step up to the next bit. 1/4 bits are much cheaper than the 3/8 or 3/4.

    If needed I step up to a 3/4. I can fit two strands of dual RG6 through that hole.

    Good luck, drilling through masonry is a PITA. :(
     
  9. HDTVsportsfan

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    Maybe i had that backwards then.
     
  10. Mike500

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    My method is shown in the attached photo. Just drill with a 1/2 inch sds hammer drill a two inch slot in the horizontal motar joint. Cables loop down to joint inside and outside to avoid water entry. Entry point is sealed with a little bit of silicone.
     

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  11. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Just to add the obvious, it is much easier to buy a compression kit to put the ends on after, than to drill the holes big enough for pre-made cables. Anyway, you can find 12" long concrete bits at the major home repair stores. They will rip through wood as well as concrete. They just will not leave a pretty hole on the far side. A hammer drill is preferred.
     
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