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Though it isn't specifically stated in the code, I try to protect cable that is installed less than 8 feet from the ground with conduit. This tends to be accepted by inspectors as "protection from physical damage."

If I am going straight up from the electrical panel, into garage rafters, I would like to use a conduit sleeve up to the 8ft mark and then continue on with bare cable. This means the conduit would create a path for critters/dust to enter the panel... is there something I can put over the end of the sleeve?

Thank you!

  • You're using conduit as a random piece of pipe for a cable guard in the NM wiring method, not using the conduit wiring method. As such you are not required to seal the tops. – Harper Jan 17 at 22:18
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Use a EMT-to-NM (or GRC-to-NM) combination coupling

They make fittings specifically for transitioning from conduit to a cable, such as an Arlingtion 8600 or equivalent. One of these can be used to keep detritus out of the end of the EMT and strain-relief the cable where it exits the EMT sleeve.

  • I really appreciate the link. These will solve my problem. Thanks! – Goodpoint Jan 18 at 0:49
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Electrical insulation putty (duct seal) is ideal for this. Most bugs aren't going to have the perseverance to chew through it.

You could also run through a junction box and use a strain relief clamp to close things off where the cable exits.

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Get two fittings of the kind that screw into knockouts or threaded junction boxes:

  • one for your size conduit into that same size of knockout.
  • a common strain relief as you would use when that type of cable enters a junction box, of the same knockout size.

Then add a Rigid conduit coupler of that same size. Use the first one to give your conduit a threaded end, then the coupler, then thread in a strain relief.
Remember, no more than four cables per conduit, and no more than three if any 30A circuits are involved.

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