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Electrical conduit is used to protect electrical wires, when a simple jacket alone is not enough. Conduit may be metal or plastic (PVC). Use with the [electrical] tag.

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Can Romex (NM-B) cable be run through conduit?

A few days ago I asked an electrician if I could run cable through conduit - he gave me a funny look and said "No, Romex is not allowed in conduit." When I searched online, there seems to be ...
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Why can I not assemble conduit around cable, but must pull it after assembly?

I have seen a number of answers here from our esteemed electricians about running wiring through conduit, and many of them include a warning similar to: You're not allowed to piece the conduit ...
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How to future-proof a long cable run

I'm starting on a project that will involve digging a long (roughly 150-200 meter) trench from my house down to the road. The trench itself will be a considerable expense and so while the ground is ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

While drilling through drywall in bathroom to install a handicap bar to studs, I later discovered that the microwave oven breaker had tripped. Apparently one of the drill holes had missed a stud and ...
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Can I use old abandoned iron pipe as electrical conduit?

I have an older house (1920) and I have been planning on doing some rewiring to get rid of some k + t stuff. Anyway, I just noticed today that there are some irons pipes that used to be part of the ...
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Why is ENT rarely used for electrical wiring?

As best I can tell, the National Electrical Code 2011 allows electrical non-metallic tubing ("smurf tube" or ENT) to be used for running 120 V electrical wire. But everywhere I look, I see remarks to ...
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Does it matter if my underground conduit overlaps or crosses over existing conduits?

I'm planning on digging a trench for underground electrical conduit. I recently called my state "call before you dig" underground locating service. They finished marking the locations of ...
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How do you protect romex at the end of an EMT run?

Sometimes you need to run a circuit through both protected & unprotected space. For example, you might put a recep in workshop (unfinished walls = unprotected) over a crawlspace (protected). To ...
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How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?

I'd like to run new cabling for data, voice and tv but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get some of the wires up to the attic for the 2nd floor and would like some advice. I've run cables, ...
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Can I run stripped Romex/NM through conduit?

If I have NM cable running into a junction box, can I strip the sheath of the NM cable starting inside the junction box and run the conductors without a sheath through conduit that is connected to the ...
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Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit? [duplicate]

I've been discussing specifics of an electrical job with a licensed electrician and he mentioned that in my area, it's acceptable/recommended to feed 12 gauge NM wire through an outdoor conduit but ...
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Can I put an electrical conduit through this space above the wall to simplify future fishing?

Ok, I'll try to explain as best as I can. Basically I have a space above my electrical box that leads into the unfinished section of the basement, with a bunch of electrical wire running through. ...
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How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?

I was planning to get 3/4" conduit (Carlon ENT/Smurftube) to run network cables through the house. Just how many CAT6 cables can safely fit into 3/4" conduit?
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How should I install a signal cable duct from new home office to a wiring closet?

I'm constructing a new home office and rather than having fixed cables from the (existing) wiring closet, I want to have the flexibility to add/remove/change cables in future, so I've been looking at ...
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Conduit to run ethernet and coax from basement to attic

My basement has a couple Ethernet and coax cables (thin black and white cables) running from the basement to the attic. The opening also has a gas line, white PVC drain line from the attic HVAC, HVAC ...
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Any way to meet code with 40.7% or 40.44% conduit fill?

I’m running conduit along the walls in my shop (in a commercial warehouse) to provide power to some machines and additional outlets. The service is 3 phase, 208 V, 100 A. One of the machines requires ...
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How do I bend EMT conduit to a broader radius?

I work a lot in EMT conduit. I have a 1/2" conduit bender that bends to a 5" radius, and a 3/4" conduit bender that gives a 6" radius. I also find bent pieces of conduit around the lodge that have a ...
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THHN through EMT - then convert to Romex?

I want to wire outlets and light in my unfinished attic. There is a light switch at the bottom of the stairs, cable (I think THHN?) that runs through EMT through the wall and comes out upstairs and ...
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Equivalent of union for rigid conduit installation?

As everyone who's ever done some plumbing knows, every fitting goes together clockwise. The more pipe you run, or the more complicated your geometry is, the more likely it is you'll end up with ...
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Can I re-task a large conduit to hold a small conduit and low voltage cables?

To revisit our occasional questions on sneaking a low voltage cable into an AC mains conduit... Suppose you have a fairly large electrical conduit, say, 1-1/2". You also have some sort of ...
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Do I need junction boxes where conduit containing data cables terminates?

I'm going to be running 1" blue PVC conduit from all my low voltage boxes to a structured wiring panel. My wiring panel will chase to the attic where necessary and I was wondering what the best ...
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How should I mount conduit to my wood-laped siding?

I was thinking about using superstrut to hang conduit on the side of the house, but hangers would be easier because siding is wood-lapped so it is not a flush surface. I'm open to other options as ...
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Is it wrong to run ground wires all the way through conduit to each junction box?

I had a 20A circuit that was run to a work bench built by the previous owner of my home. I ended up replacing the work bench and replacing the circuit, with new THHN wiring all run through EMT conduit....
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Can I run power from inside cabinets to an externally mounted fixture?

I want to install wall sconce fixtures on the outside of my bathroom cabinets. I have power inside from the wall already. Would it be to code if I cut a hole in the cabinet, mounted a metal box, and ...
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Cat 5/6 in same conduit as power: is NM-B required, or is THHN acceptable?

Preface: I'd like to avoid the question of whether one should run data and power together; my question is focused on Code compliance. I'm trying to ensure I interpret Code correctly when running Cat ...
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Ground-level electrical wiring to shed outdoors possible?

I was telling an uncle about the concern of digging a conduit trench in my heavily planted garden (trying not to disturb the plants) to run electricity from the house to the shed about 35 feet away. ...
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Can I use indoor Romex in buried outdoor conduit?

Or should I use outdoor Romex? I heard that outdoor Romex doesn't need conduit as you are just supposed to bury it. Edit: Ack, I should have mentioned I have existing conduit that I want to pull the ...
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Does a grounding wire from a breaker panel to an outside grounding rod need to be in conduit?

I've got a breaker panel in my detached garage (it is not a sub-panel, but is a primary forked off just past the meter). The panel seems to be wired correctly- the neutral and ground bars are tied ...
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What's the correct way to pass wire to exterior electrical box?

I'm doing some remodeling in our basement, and came across the following (see pictures). It looks like the contractor simply wrapped tape around the conduit to secure the box to the wall. How are ...
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Is a splice permitted in a PVC conduit body?

I'm talking about something like this Type LB Conduit Body
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How do I set up a wiring closet that connects to the exterior of the house?

I'm looking to build a central wiring closet for ethernet, phone, and co-ax. I would like this closet to have a single pipe to the exterior of the house, which service lines can come in through. ...
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Do separate pieces of EMT conduit qualify as "pull points"?

Question: Do two separate pieces of EMT conduit joined by a connector qualify as a "pull point"? Background: I need to make six 90 degree turns in 2" EMT conduit to route wire for a new sub-panel ...
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Two opposite phase circuits in one conduit... do i need 2 neutrals or an oversized neutral?

Im running two individual single pole 20A circuits though a single 1/2" EMT conduit and hanging a duplex outlet every 6'. They will alternate which circuit (phase) is feeding them (im running ...
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What size wire should I use for my yard shed, and how deep should I bury it?

I'm planning to build a shed next spring, and want to make sure my thoughts on power are correct. The shed is about 100' from the house, with another 20' inside the house to get to a subpanel. All I ...
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Running NM-B in PVC SCH 40 Conduit from Outdoor Breaker Panel

For space-saving reasons, I have outdoor breaker panels, and most of my branch circuits are wired through the attic down to individual outlets. Currently, the wires run through the wall from the ...
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How one is supposed to "plug" a conduit running from basement to attic?

I'm going to install a 2" conduit from my unfinished basement into the attic, through the first and second floor. It will be used primarily for getting Cat6 cables into upstairs bedrooms. 2" diameter ...
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How to connect flex NMC to Rinnai tankless

I have a Rinnai V53DEP propane external tankless water heater. The manual calls for a disconnect, so I provided one. My plan is (was?) to have a flexible whip take all the wires (power and remote ...
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Running electric cables in basement shop

I am setting up a workshop in the unfinished area of my basement. I need to run a couple of electrical outlets and would like to run them along the block walls through grey PVC. Will this be a ...
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OK to reposition a 90 degree sweep of Schedule 40 conduit after it's been glued?

I've installed 2" Schedule 40 direct burial pipe from power pole to power pole so that AT&T, Comcast, & Wave aerial cables can be run underground instead. I've completed the conduit ...
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What material to use to close a too wide wire tunnel?

During the cold days I noticed a little draft coming from the light switch next to my house door. Removing the switch revealed that the tunnel for the cables was widened to fit the cables for the ...
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What would be the most economical way to run wire for a driveway light?

I want to run electrical power through my woods to end of driveway. There will be no driving or walking over this area of 300', but I do have squirrels, deer and other "critters" that might chew. What ...
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How can I drill conduit hole through plywood firestop I can't reach?

I'm trying to run a 3/4" conduit (1" OD) from unfinished basement utility room A to unfinished utility room B, through the ceiling of finished room C. There are several floor trusses which are easy ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?

BACKGROUND: New house built 5 years ago. I have a basement theater room with 12 foot drywall ceilings that have HVAC conduit and recessed lighting (in other words there is some space behind/above ...
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Code requirement for burying electrical PVC that runs along foundation

I need to run a circuit to the opposite side of the house from the service panel to an AC disconnect box. From my understanding this could be run with THWN wire in Schedule 80 PVC above ground if it's ...
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Can I cut the protruding conduit to the floor level and cover it with junction box?

I've removed the old island which had the electric range, with the conduit coming from the crawlspace: The junction box was attached to the back of the cabinet holding the range. But the new island ...
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How do I run the PVC conduit into a garage with a ground-level foundation?

I need to run conduit underground to a new garage. My problem is I don't understand the proper way to run the 2in PVC conduit outside to the sub panel. The wall sits on a 3ft 8in stem wall. The top of ...
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How do I run more than 2 circuits in conduit?

My understanding of color coding allowed by NEC is: Ground: Bare, Green or Yellow/Green Neutral: White or grey Hot: All other colors If I need to run 3 distinct circuits in conduit, I might choose: ...
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Is an ethernet cable threaded inside a metal conduit is more protected from electromagnetic interference? [closed]

I am at the end of a renovation, and only now  I discovered that it is not recommended to run ethernet cable in parallel and closely to power cables, even if they are in separate conduits, but I may ...

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