When I fish my wires through the 1/2" emt conduit to the 90 degree pull elbow box outlet, the wire coverings are a little shredded. They are not kinked. Should I be concerned about the wire covering shredding? Or should I try it again using a pull elbow box that has opening? How do electricians do it if they weren't using an open cover?

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    Are you using THHN wire or have you shucked the sheath off Romex? Are you popping the cover off the elbow and pulling from there, or are you dragging the wire around the elbow? Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 22:40
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    Did you debur the inside of the emt pipe real well?
    – Edwin
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 0:03
  • I agree with Edwin on deburing the pipe many don't realise how important it is (I even do factory ends). If deburred have some one push the wire while pulling. The covering is for protection while being pulled in and it gets damaged regularly but if there is any damage to the insulation itself it would fail inspection.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 13:39
  • @Harper thnn wire but used a regular box elbow. I thought i deburrrd -- no sharp edges around the inside of pipe. Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 19:27
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    Thank u for helping me. I corrected the pull elbow and rewired it. Larry Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 3:21

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Don't pull my elbow!

Elbows cannot be pulled around as their radius is far tighter than a minimum radius bend. Hence, you have to take the cover off, pull to the elbow enough wire for the rest of the run to form a "loop" there, and then continue the pull from the elbow to the rest of the run.

  • i did purchased a pull elbow with a cover and put new wires inside and after 10 wasted conduits, i achieved it.. the problem is if you have 1/2" conduit, all of the videos that i watched never answer my question. There are offset boxes which are not just raised, but lowered and making perpidular offsets by turning the conduit in the shoe. Any video books that show this. Ugly's only shows you basically bending conduit that is straight (up and down not around not snaking aroung an object or an oppposite 90 degree bend instead of a back to back.Are there any video books out there? Commented Jul 4, 2017 at 22:35

The name of the part doesn't imply you can pull around the elbow. It means you can pull the wires out of the inspection caver and assist them around the corner with a loop like the previous poster said.

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