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Of the options you are considering, I'd think option 2 makes more sense, and 4-5 feet of conduit - in most cases the conduit will just be continuous from the junction box right through the wall, no particular fuss "as it enters the house" - Come down the wall, put on an LB, drill a hole in the wall, insert conduit, connect to junction box, connect to LB; ...


You have to assemble it first, before wires, but putting the string in as you put it together is fine. 300.18 Raceway Installations (A) Complete Runs. Raceways, other than busways or exposed raceways having hinged or removable covers, shall be installed complete between outlet, junction, or splicing points prior to the installation of conductors.


In the US -- the general rule is that outdoor rated cables (MC, SE, and sunlight-resistant UF are the only ones you'll see in residential work -- AC isn't allowed in damp/wet locations, nor is NM of course) can be run in the open provided they cannot be subject to physical damage -- if your cable is running anywhere where people can run into it, mow it, ...


You can run type NM cable in conduit, as long as the conduit is sized appropriately, and is not in a wet or damp location. If you remove the sheath from the conductors inside NM cable, you cannot use the conductors for anything (anything electrical anyway). Type NM cable is rated, listed, and labeled as a cable assembly. The conductors inside are not ...

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