@ CAG - I hope you'll continue to contribute and I would welcome any info and boots on the ground experience, I mean that! I hope I can return the favor some day. I don't want their to be any hard feelings, sorry for sounding insensitive.
Slopoke - I agree with you but you never know what folks are calling beams these day. Surely they want to keep the cost and weight down, but I wouldn't even really know what bit to buy. I was standing in HF early today looking at their 3' bit with a special bite on the end wondering if it would even tackle metal sheeting.
Today was a weird day. I had all the stuff in the front cabinet exposed, light fixture and speakers out and hanging, a mess. So the first things I did was to sort and organize the cables in the cabinet and put all that back together.
I decided to put the A/V dist in the main cabinet where visible in case I want to use it or replace it in the future with something better. I had to trim about 1/2" off one edge to allow for cables to go under the face board. Then I started sorting and wrapping cables with velcro and bundling slack. It took a few iterations of re routing and working backwards in reconnecting but I finally got everything squared up and presentable.
When reaching up to put a curtain strip back I noticed some light between the ceiling pieces. A-HA!! I'm must be on to something. I pried around a while and used a putty knife across the seam and was hitting was seemed like brackets. Except for something that felt a lot like a bundle of cables
Now after that, I decided to take another stab (quite literally) at pushing the fish toward the front and center and was able to push the fish as far as I could with the pieces that hadn't broken yet. Yeah the damned thing broke and I tore a hole in my ceiling. <insert fury here>
I was tuckered out by then and smelled even worse so I called it a day with the fish right where it is. I'm going to buy another set and keep screwing on pieces and hope the whole thing doesn't break off in the ceiling in some irretrievable way.
My hope is that I can make it all the way to the front and down at the cap and pull my wifi cables in the same hole.
As a final word here, if anyone ever wants to mess with these cables, do not and I double damned repeat DO NOT mess with the black tape they use or remove it. If you r e al l y
want to, go slather your arms in lotion or wear a long sleeved shirt you plan to throw away. That black electrical tape goo will cover and stain anything it comes in contact with and you'll spend as much time dealing with black goo as you did on your project.