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Old 10-03-2020, 02:30 PM   #1
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Default Drilling a hole through side of house ?

I need to drill a hole through the side of my house to pass a USB connection, which will connect to a AC adapter. The other end of the USB cord is 'hard wired' to a security camera and cannot be removed. The USB cable is to power a security camera I will be mounting on the side of my house.

My dilemma is, the end of the USB cable is about 3/4" wide, and I don't want to drill large a hole through the house to pass the cable.

Maybe another adapter between USB end ?

Thoughts ?

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Old 10-03-2020, 03:25 PM   #2
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:50 PM   #3
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Drill cable hole size through wall. Cut and splice appropriate cable length.

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/h...ables-together

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/cut-...les-50063.html
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:09 PM   #4
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Drill the hole to fit the connector then fill it with silicone or expanding foam?
Make it easy on yourself!
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:11 PM   #5
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Drill the larger hole, feed the cable and put a rubber grommet on the cable to back fill the hole? Sealant, of course.
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Here is an article on Foams and Carpenter ants

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...-stop-using-it
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:36 PM   #7
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Post You could use electricians putty

Alternatively you can fill the larger hole with electrician's putty. I ran Ethernet cables to my outside camera through a wall and had to drill a larger hole to deal with the connector. If you ever have to remove the cable, you won't have to deal with removing and attaching connectors. Plus I used a shielded cable just to make sure that there would not be any electrical interference.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:15 PM   #8
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Default Drilling a hole...

One possible solution would be to drill 2 holes, each 3/16 diameter, about 1/2 inch apart, then chisel out the space between creating a "slot" 3/16 x 1/2, then pass the USB connector through the "slot", and fill the slot with appropriate caulk.

This method has worked for me with plugs in the past. Good luck.
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:40 PM   #9
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Post #3 is the best option....cut cable, drill a very small hole the size of the wire, push it through the wall, then splice the wired back together, keeping colors correctly aligned. See the videos in #3. This is the very best solution in my opinion.
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Old 10-04-2020, 09:29 AM   #10
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Does your house have 'siding?' Ideally you need two short pieces of siding to cover and protect the opening. Both will need a hole the size of the actual cable. One will have a slit running up from the hole and will go against the wall. The outer layer will have a slit running down.

Trim the nail tabs from each one and they should just pop into the current siding. To make sure the holes all line up, put the two patch pieces on the wall and drill a pilot hole before making the slits. Remove the patches and drill out the passage hole.

It is a good idea to seal the gap in the drilled hole with a bit of silicone sealant on the inner surfaces of the siding, especially where the cable passes through.

Good luck!
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I say don't over think it. Drill a 3/4" hole and get color coded silicone to fill the hole, done, simple.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:26 PM   #12
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Lightbulb Think before you cut...

1) Check for existing unused/covered/hidden holes before drilling a new one.

2) To be well-informed on holes through walls read the aforementioned link:

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com...-stop-using-it

In Florida, I've got aluminum awning windows, and simply drilled through the surrounding frame. (Easier to patch with metal + RTV + pop-rivets) against intrusive insects and vermin).
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