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AV Experts: I've got a VGA Cable STUCK in a wall!!!

Joined: 11/28/2008

So I was pulling a long VGA cable through a wall a while ago, and the end got stuck. To make matters worse, where the hole in the wall is, there is a large pipe that runs vertically down the inside of the wall. I THINK that the end of the VGA cable got stuck between the pipe and the drywall.

Without taking out the wall, and without drilling more holes, any idea on how to get this thing out?

- David

Joined: 12/16/2007
Pull really, REALLY hard?

Sorry, I can't visualize the set up very well.

How far into the wall is the end of the cable? Were you pulling a cable out or putting it in?

If it's close enough to the hole, you may be able jury-rig up some thick, coathanger-type wire and and unhook the end... but that's a total crap shoot.

Sorry, no brilliant ideas!


Joined: 11/28/2008
It's deep!

Thanks, Tony. I'm pulling the cable OUT (or at least, attempting to). It's also pretty deep (i.e. I can't see the end of it, and can't reach it).

Basically, there's one hole on one side of the wall, and then a hole on the other side of the wall about 3 or 4 feet higher. I'm trying to pull the cable out of the hole that is higher.

I've tried putting more "muscle" into the pulling, BUT I'm afraid that the end of the cable is stuck in between the pipe and the drywall and that by doing so would wedge it in there even more firmly.

Hmm.... here's an idea: Maybe I could somehow attach a string to the cable by creating a loop that can slide along the cable but not big enough to slide over the VGA end. From there, I could drop the string into the hole at the top, reach it from the bottom hole, and then pull really hard. The holes aren't straight up and down, so that might be interesting getting access to the end of the string... I might be able to use a hanger to do THAT

I've already tried using a hanger to get the cable out, but didn't try very hard. I'll try it again.

Oh... and this is at a client's house - I haven't been over there in a while, but he wants me to come back and do some more work... and to keep trying to get this cable out of the wall.

- David

Joined: 12/01/2008
Pull it back down


You have to right idea about dropping the string down to the original hole, but if they dont line up, then you may need to feed a string up to the hole bellow. I use a glow stick for a lot of my install work. It's 4 pieces of 5' long fiberglass that thread into each other. If you don't have one of these, see if you can rent/borrow one. tape the string to one end and feed the glow stick up from the old hole. Tie the string around the VGA cable loose enough that it will slide down the cable, but small enough that it wont slide off the end. Once you hit the torridal magnet or the VGA cable end, you should now have something you can pull back down on.
You mentioned this was a house... here's were things can get messy. USUALLY there is enough space between drywall and pipes to prevent accidental nailing and drilling into the pipes. So the cable may not be stuck were you think it is. OFTEN there are horizontal braces put in walls to keep the studs in line. IF this cable was put in during construction they may have drilled through the brace to feed the cable down the wall. That hole may be just big enough to push the VGA end through and you may be snagged in there. When you push the glow rod up from the old hole, you'll know when you hit the brace.

Hope that helps you.

Peter Awad

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Joined: 12/16/2007
Next time...

If I need to keep the cable, before I pull thru I tie a string around the end, so in case it gets stuck, I can pull it back. If I don't need to keep the cable, or if it's a cable I can finish myself (like cat5 or phone wire), I just snip the end off...

not that that helps you now! If you can push the cable back thru, you can try those.


Dave Pearce
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Do the twist!

If it is a relatively beefy cable, you might be able to free it up by pushing a little in, then twisting the cable 90 degrees and seeing if it gets loosen up. Push, twist, pull. Rinse, repeat.

Patience is the key. Brute force rarely wins.