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  • In a perfect world, I would drill from inside the foundation to the bottom of the wall.  It never comes out perfect, but the closer I can come to the wall, the less repair I need to do to the floor... most of the time I can come close enough to cover my hole with the baseboard...
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  • ... so I visualize the perfect angle, then try to hold that angle as I drill the hole
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  • Pretty good!  This is within the space that will be covered by the baseboard.
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  • I am carving the wall so my wires won't hold the baseboard away from the wall.
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  • I will make the connections right-at-the-top of the grooves.  The eyelets won't make good contact with the tapewire if you try to make the connection in the groove.
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  • This is a 1/2" drill for the Power Jack
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  • The Power Jack has a nut that must be removed to install it in the foundation
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  • Tacky glue in the threads to glue it into the hole.
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  • The contacts on the Power Jack that you will use are the center contact, and the outer contact.  If you get nervous about which is the outer contact, the "center" is the one that looks different, and the two that look the same can be joined together without causing trouble.
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  • I use speaker wire for whatever I do with solid wire.  One lead is "copper", one lead is marked with a white stripe.
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  • The "copper" lead is going thru the hole that lines up with the copper side of the tapewire above.
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  • The copper lead goes to the center lug in the Power Jack
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  • I am preparing a hole to connect the solid wire to the tapewire right at the top of the groove
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  • Poke the solid wire into the hole..
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  • ... and drive eyelets to finish the connection.  I used a "whacker-backer" to support the wall when I drove these eyelets in to protect the glue-joint from the force of the hammering
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  • Soldering the wire to the Power Jack.  I have used a mix of silicone glue and powdered graphite ("lock-ease") for a non-soldered connection.
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  • In soldering, less is better!
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  • The Power Jack and a right-angle plug make a robust and tidy connection.
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