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We are in the process of doing an interior remodel to the Royals. Paint, carpet flooring, fixtures etc. I was changing out a wall mounted light fixture when the 12 volt white wire pulled loose from the fixture wire. The other end of the wire is in the wall. The wire is not visible from the 1 inch hole where the wire was pulled through. I was thinking I could just use a hole saw to gain access. The interesting part is the interior wall is over 1/2 inch thick. Not something I have encountered in other rv walls. This is a piece of plywood with the final laminated board over it. The bed frame is mounted to the wall and I assume that maybe that is that is reason it has a plywood wall. I am concerned that the whole wall may not be plywood and I could screw something up making the hole. I have about 2 inches from the inside of the exterior wall to the exterior of the interior wall. I will be sure and measure carefully so that the hole saw drill bit does not hit the exterior wall.

 

I have though about just fishing a wire down the wall and grounding to the frame but that is problematic in its self.

 

Would it be reasonable that the slide wall is all plywood? Any and all ideas appreciated.

 

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JB

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Probably only a small piece of plywood backing for the light fixture. Push on the wall lower to check the flexing of the wallboard. Flex equals thinner.

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Thanks Darryl,

 

You were right. Would you chance using a hole saw on it?

 

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Make a fishing tool out of a coat hook or stiff wire. I'd assume there's some kind of insulation in the wall, so the wire couldn't have fallen far. Probably just at the tip of your finger.

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The wire is not long enough to reach the hole, that how it pulled loose me thinking there was more wire in the hole.

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Well, if the light worked prior to disconnecting the wire, I assert they wire is long enough. If you cut it shorter, ay ai yai.

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The wire is not long enough to reach the hole, that how it pulled loose me thinking there was more wire in the hole.

Are you saying that you attempted to pull our more wire and the existing wire broke somewhere up the line from the hole? How long was the piece of wire that came out with the fixture as that should give an idea of how far back into the wall that wire broke.

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Any chance of getting a wiring plan on line? I think I would try fishing for the broken wire. That maybe easier than making a new hole. Good luck. Hope you catch a wire.

 

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That light fixture had to be installed after the wall was up so the wire has to be long enough to extend out of the hole and be connected to the fixture by whoever installed it. I would start by a little blind fishing with a hook on the end of a stiff wire. If its not an outside wall it could have dropped all the way down or simply slipped sideways until it hit a stud or some other obstruction. Buying or borrowing a borescope is also a good idea. Good luck.

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That light fixture had to be installed after the wall was up so the wire has to be long enough to extend out of the hole and be connected to the fixture by whoever installed it. I would start by a little blind fishing with a hook on the end of a stiff wire. If its not an outside wall it could have dropped all the way down or simply slipped sideways until it hit a stud or some other obstruction. Buying or borrowing a borescope is also a good idea. Good luck.

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If you start drilling the block be very careful it isn't pushed off the wall (likely only a staple or two holding it) and going missing too.

 

With a hole saw I'd remove the middle drill as soon as I had the outer hole started, less chance of an accident should the block come free.

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Fixed. Stan your comment was spot on. Thanks. I remembered I had a rotozip tool I bought years ago. I put two drywall screws into the plywood to secure it, set the depth, cut the hole and there was the wire. Now the wall is ready for the painter.

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