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Getting a wire under the carpet the easy way.

Ever tried to get a wire fished under a carpet but can't seem to get there without yanking half the carpet up to hide the wire ? (Warning, do not do this with wires that carry current! Power wires that get walked on can fray over time and cause fires if they short out!)

Go to the hardware store and buy one of those simple twisted wire drain snakes. The small diameter ones that look like a coiled spring that is at least twenty feet of so in length.

Lift the carpet just enough on the edge with a pair of needle nose pliers to start feeding the snake under the carpet.

Cover the small end of the snake with a small strip of electrical tape so it doesn't snag and start pushing it towards the place where you want the wire to run. You can change the direction of the snake by twisting it and pushing at the same time. When it gets to the other side pull the carpet up just far enough to grab the end of the snake with the pliers and pull it through.

Attach the wire you want to pull and tape it, then pull it back with the snake.
Finish up by sliding the ends of the wire under the base board with a small flat screwdriver leaving extra wire on both ends then shove the carpet back under the baseboard with the screw driver. Step on the carpet to catch it on the tack strips making sure you don't impale the wire on the nails.

Wire is hidden out of sight. Carpet isn't messed up, and you are done in a fraction of the time using half the wire.

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