Is there a reason we cannot drill a 1" hole in a floor joist 1.25" from the bottom of it?
I ussually drill them low because its easier to drill, easier to pull wire through, and your less likely to carelessly drill through other wires or plumbing. Other wires and plumbing are ussually supported in the middle of the joist so your hole would be under them.
This would be the joists in a basement for example.
I'm getting slack for this. They are wanting it in the middle third of the joists, the reason is probably structural support.
Picture what drain gutter guys call a "B" bend ... that's a bend "on the flat" ... we electricians refer to it as "the way you're not supposed to bend 2 wire NM cable". This is the same effect you get on joists with the compression and tension of the joist bending "on the flat". As the joist flexes down (from the static or dynamic forces) the fibers on top of the joist compress while the fibers on the bottom stretch (tension) but the fibers in the center have the least amount of change. That's why the engineers tell us to drill the holes in the center. In real life do the joists actually stretch enough to make a difference? Who knows; that's why they (engrs and architects) get the big bucks.