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1) If your house is wired using EMT metal conduit
, then the chance of hitting a wire is very slim, since the wires are located inside metal conduit. You would have to drill inside the metal conduit to hit a wire.
2) If your house is wired with Romex cable, then the cables are stapled to the 2 x 4's. If the hole is directly to the left or right of the receptacle, doubt that you hit anything. Most Romex cables when initially installed will be routed on the top and/or bottom of electrical boxes and seldom are they routed on the sides of the boxes. If you did hit a wire, you would have either lost power, tripped the circuit breaker
, received a shock, tripped a GFCI receptacle or tripped a GFCI breaker. Nothing happened, so all is good.
3) As an FYI...... you can purchase a stud finder at your local Home Depot or Lowes or Ace Hardware. A quality stud finder will detect wood or metal studs in the wall, and the good models can also detect electrical behind the walls.
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