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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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Find The Other End of Service Conduit

On our property we have a main house and an 800 sqr foot detached "guest house". To the right of the entrance to the guest house is the electrical service / meter. The wires for the electrical service ...
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Relabeling 6-AWG Wire

I'm pulling 2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ground through conduit to a subpanel and I was wondering if it's possible to use the same color wire and just relabel the endings. I was thinking of using 6 AWG ...
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Metal or PVC Conduit in Metal Outbuilding?

I'm running wiring under ground from main panel to 100 amp panel in metal garage. When installing lighting and receptacle circuits mounted against interior walls, does it make any difference what ...
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How to splice into existing underground rigid metal conduit below ground and hide junction box?

I have an existing rigid metal conduit run from the service panel to a junction box location that was previously powering an outdoor appliance. The circuit is 20A and running 12 guage wire. The RMC ...
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Attaching conduit to fence

Can I attach pvc conduit to an existing chain link I am installing a storage shed and I don’t want to dig a ditch
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Running AC/MC cable in boiler room, do I need additional metal conduit?

I'm planning to run AC cable (or MC, not sure which is better) in my basement to install an outlet near the boiler room. the cable that powers the boiler has sections that are inside of a rigid metal ...
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Mixing PVC Conduit Schedules

I grabbed sched 80 heavy wall PVC conduit for my run to the shed, but later noticed the elbows are sched 40. Is it legal to use them together (mixed in the same conduit run) in the trench or anywhere ...
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PVC conduit into PVC box: Can I make it watertight when using a threaded fitting? Are sealing locknuts allowed?

I have some 2" PVC conduit coming out of the ground and into a PVC box where it enters with a terminal adapter and held in place with a locknut. I intended to use a sealing locknut to keep the box ...
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EMT Conduit Strapping to a Narrow Joist

I going to run 1/2" EMT conduit on the bottom of a joist. The standard straps I have are too wide to get both nails/screws in. I would prefer to run the conduit down the center of the joist. I wouldn'...
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Run 6 AWG NM-B cable through 1 1/2 PVC pipe indoors

I am running a 6/2 NM-B Romex for approx. 45 feet from my service panel to my garage for a wall charger for an EV. No unfinished space in basement and and garage wall is on concrete slab of garage, so ...
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Narrow conduit with 90 degree elbow - three thhn wires

Currently the narrow conduit (1 inch outside, so inside maybe 3/4 inch) has 2 wires (hot and hot switched). I want to include one neutral so I can change to a light switch outlet combo. It is an old (...
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Code compliance - how do I pass EMT conduit through an interior wall?

I live in Fairfax, Virginia. I need to know how to pass 1/2 inch EMT conduit through an interior wall while complying with code. In more detail, I have a subpanel in an attached garage. From that ...
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Narrow conduit (old building), need to run 2xhots, 1xneutral

Currently I have two wires running through the conduit: one hot (coming from box), and one hot switched (on/off according to light switch). I would like to convert it to an outlet switch combo (one ...
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how to replace surface conduit for a two-wire lighting circuit?

I have an old house with unswitched knob-and-tube running to a ceiling fixture. Previous owners ran surface conduit to a wall switch and to a second light fixture over the sink; none of this was ...
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Outlet to conduit junction recommendations

I've got a recessed outlet box on the outside of my house. To be more specific the outlet (when removing the weatherproof cover assembly) is flush with the stucco. I need to decommission this as an ...
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How to install drywall over electrical box connected to rigid conduit?

I'm trying to figure out how drywall is supposed to be cut out to go around preexisting electrical boxes that are attached with rigid metal conduit. The conduit is the ground path. My dilemma is if I ...
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THHN versus NM for conduit wiring?

I am wiring a small workshop, using conduit. I was shocked to see how expensive THHN/THHW cable is, with respect to NM-B: at local big-box store, 100ft of 14/2 NM was $33, whereas 100ft of THHN was ...
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How to connect steel posts to build a shelf unit?

The posts or conduit needs to be galvanized as I'm using this for growing herbs. Im not sure if I would have to get this welded or if theres a simpler way to put something like this together. (...
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Repairing earth link to conduit

The wiring in my property uses the conduit as the earth. I've checked the earth resistance and have no problems there. Unfortunately some of the ceiling lights are not properly grounded as the tabs on ...
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Speaker wires to outside covered deck

If the picture loads you should be able to see what I’m talking about. I’m looking to move the 2 speakers that are mounted to the back of my garage over to the covered part of my deck. I would like to ...
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EMT to Top of Panel

I'm installing a NEMA 14-50 in the garage with a dedicated 50amp breaker. I have run the 6/3 romex through the attic and am at the point where I'd exit the attic to the exterior of the house and down ...
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Pulling wire through EMT and PVC conduit

I'm running two circuits outside to other side of yard. I don't have much experience pulling wire so I wanted to make sure I'm doing it right. I have stranded and solid 10awg. I purchased both not ...
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constructing mechanical chase

I'm thinking about putting a mechanical chase in my home to connect the roof to the garage. The chase would contain the flue for water heater and furnace, and possibly a dryer vent (separate from ...
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Using PEX as wire conduit

I have some 1/2" PEX-AL-PEX left over and thinking about using it as conduit for ~20' ethernet or phone cable. Pipe is appropriately orange. Will the aluminium layer provide RF shielding? (assuming I ...
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How many 14/2 romex cables can I put in a 1/2 pvc conduit?

How many 14/2 romex cables can I, according to NEC (or safely), put in a 1/2 pvc conduit? For background: the conduit will be buried until surfacing in a junction box; using burial-rated "romex"black ...
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How do I couple IMC underground?

The title, more or less, sums it up. I plan to bury some THHN/THWN-2 feeders, and my jurisdiction allows a 6" bury depth if I use IMC or RMC. I plan to use IMC, which comes with both a male and female ...
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Unistrut Spacing - Electrical Conduit

When suspending electrical conduit from the ceiling in a warehouse (EMT or Rigid), that runs perpendicular across unistrut, how far apart are the unistrut allowed to be? What type of conduit is ...
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How can I trim around flexible tubing coming through drywall?

I have what I believe is referred to as ENT conduit (smurf tube?). How does one terminate this type of conduit where the tube meets the drywall? I was looking for some sort of grommet, but I can't ...
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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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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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Fastening THHN cable in junction box

I am installing an electrical subpanel in my garage and have a 2" PVC conduit run up approximately 5 feet from the panel through the ceiling to the garage attic. In the conduit i ran 2 12/2 NM romex ...
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interpretation of conduit vs raceway wet location vs outdoor vs NM NM-B

eventual question: for a sealed PVC conduit external to house, does that qualify as a wet or damp location preventing use of non metallic (NM or NM-B) indoor type wire? And does underground feeder (...
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When do you use an aluminum vs PVC service entrace cap (weatherhead)?

When installing an overhead power service entrance, you can choose between metal conduit with a metal weather-head, or PVC conduit with a PVC weather-head. Is this 100% a matter of preference, or are ...
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Can Cat 5 cable be run in metal conduit?

I want to run Cat 5 cable along the side of my home in 1/2 in. EMT Conduit. I was considering actually pulling to Cat 5 cable in that conduit. Will this cause any problems on a 100Mbps connection ...
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Can I split off a 20a with a conduit body?

So I am coming out of my subpanel with 1/2 in metal conduit and using metal handy boxes with NEMA 5-20 for all the receptacles on my two indoor branch circuits. One is dedicated for a window unit AC. ...
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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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Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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EMT or PVC Conduit For Exterior Above Ground Electrical Run

I'm installing a garage on the side of my house furthest from the electrical box. I don't want to trench the entire distance (60 ft), so I am planning on running conduit along the exterior of my home ...
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What Size Conduit for 4AWG

I'm running a 60 amp circuit to provide power to my garage. It is about 70 ft in length, so I think I need to go with 4AWG to counter any resistance loss. I'll be pulling 4 wires (R,B,W,G) thru ...
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Why is my emt 1/2" conduit offset bend off?

I used the Klein shrinkage calculations on the handle. For example for a 3 inch offset bend, you use 6 inch from point A plus 3/4" or 6 3/4" for point B. So, why is it when I bend it, that it is 4" ...
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Installing vertical EMT conduit crossing a horizontal eletrical run

The room i want to install some vertical EMT (for data cables) has a horizontal electrical wire (romex or something like it), about 8 or 10 inches from the floor, going across the entire wall as near ...
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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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FMC run for GFCI receptacle?

I have a water heater room 5x8 that needs a GFCI receptacle added to the ceiling for a hot water recirculating pump. The heater is large and obviously hard plumbed in so cannot be moved and rigid ...
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Are dedicated neutrals required in conduit?

I am wiring a new screened in porch to include a receptacle, ceiling fan and 2 light fixtures. I am tapping into an existing 20A circuit. The starting point is 12/2 coming into a 3 gang box. The ...
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conduit and wire size needed

Looking to hook up a new 20KW generator to an existing manual 200A transfer switch. What size copper wire do I need (2 hot legs, 1 neutral and one ground) and what size PVC conduit do I need for all ...
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Find exit point/path of conduit

I'm installing an air conditioner above a bedroom window, but there's no electric outlet nearby. I'm to avoid running wire along the wall, and I noticed that the light fixture receptacle has an empty ...
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Why would you use copper electrical conduit?

This is not "home" improvement per se, but it fits the spirit of this stack exchange. While waiting for my train I was peeking into a ceiling that had all of its slats removed for some kind of ...
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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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How should I repair a broken exterior PVC outlet body?

We bought our new house back in June. I was doing some mouse-proofing this weekend and found this beauty: The wires are going out to our pool. Any suggestions on how best to approach fixing this? ...
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Can I use Schedule 40 PVC to protect a grounding electrode conductor where exposed to physical damage?

Can I use Schedule 40 PVC to protect a 4 AWG grounding electrode conductor (wire from main panel to grounding electrode) where exposed to physical damage (a few feet between the panel and the ground ...