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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is it ok to run 2 NM-B cables in 1 EMT protective conduit in an unfinished basement? [duplicate]

I would like to add 3 new 20 Amps outlets in my unfinished basement. I'm going to run some NM-B cable along the ceiling joists and I will use metal boxes attached on the concrete walls as well as use ...
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Code compliance of running EMT on exterior of exposed chimney inside

I am working on a 1920s era home with an exposed brick chimney inside. The chimney is not connected to a fireplace but is used to vent the water heater and furnace in the basement. I am currently ...
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What tools do I need to cut flexible metallic conduit?

I need to cut 3/8" flexible metallic conduit and am looking for suggestions on how to cut it (i.e. Conduit Tubing cutter, hacksaw). How do you smooth the edges that were just cut? I have a 7 foot ...
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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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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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Does code allow daisy-chaining these surface outdoor lights?

The two lights shown in the photo were fed from a junction box that was destroyed when a truck backed into it. I'm thinking of running new conduit above vehicle level, and the most straightforward ...
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How deep should liquidtight flex conduit be burried?

How deep should liquidtight flex cable be burried for a 75 ft run for an outdoor circuit? I see pvc conduit is at 18 inches.
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proper way to run conduit on top of siding

I'm looking at running a new main line to upgrade my electrical service to 200 AMP and using some 2" metal conduit run horizontally for 12' on a sided house. What's the proper way to do it? This ...
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Running wires through conduit on outside of house to feed garage sub panel

My electrical panel is in the basement on the west end of the house and my garage is on the east end. I had planned to run a 6/3NM-B cable along the joists and through the rim joist to get into my ...
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50 amp RV outlet installation

So, I'm planning the installation of both a 50A RV outlet and an adjacent 20A GFCI 110v outlet on the back wall of my residence. I have separate 50A and 20A breakers and will use 6/3 and 12/2 romex ...
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Running wire into a shed some distance away

I'm wanting to run wires underground to my shed from the house. Run is 85 feet I have a 30amp breaker in the house for the shed. I'll have need for one 240v outlet and several others for 120. I'...
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Ground wire with 1/2 EMT Conduit

Do I need to run a ground wire with conduit? I have installed a line of lights using 1/2 EMT and tied into another circuit that is grounded coming off the panel. There are about 7 lights in a ...
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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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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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Transition PVC outdoor conduit to EMT

Code jurisdiction: USA, current NEC and IBC with no addendums or modifications relevant to residential construction. I am wiring up an outbuilding to the house and using 1" PCV conduit for the ...
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How can I find a stud from the exterior to mount service mast?

I'm changing the location of the electrical service mast on my house. Is there an easy way(s) or a trick of the trade to find a stud from the exterior of the house so my lag bolts that will hold the ...
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Wire Size for Long Run

I am building an RV campsite at the bottom of my property to live in while our house is under construction. The RV requires a 50 amp service. I want to install a 100 amp sub-panel down there to give ...
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How can one make a connection where flexibility is necessary despite the connection being exposed to physical damage?

It seems that it is common practice in HVAC-land to use a LFNC whip to connect air conditioner condensing units to the house wiring. However, as statueuphemism rightly points out, it is eminently ...
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Is it okay to use an LFNC whip to connect air conditioner where subject to physical damage?

I have seen many air conditioners at ground-level in multiple cities near me that are connected using liquid-tight non-flexible conduit (LFNC) whips. Example: http://www.southwire.com/products/whip-...
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Tool to cut small diameter PVC tubing/conduit?

Goal I want to cut a lot of 1/2" inner diameter PVC conduit (the gray stuff, not white). Caliper measured 15mm ID, which is really 0.6", but I think it's sold as 1/2", or maybe the fitting are sold ...
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Adding a new “knockout” to side of main electrical panel

I'm planning on running a 6/3 feeder cable from my main panel to the garage for a small 50A subpanel and am unsure of how to plumb the new cable to the main panel. All of the knockouts are on the ...
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Using receptacle mounting screws for ground connection

I will soon be adding some outdoor wiring using weatherproof metal boxes and EMT conduit. I noticed when I was playing around with a multimeter that without a ground conductor between a receptacle and ...
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Sizing grounding conductor for multiple circuits in conduit

If I have two sets of conductors (two unbalanced 120V circuits) in a conduit, can they share a ground wire and if so, is the ground wire sized by the minimum ground wire sizes for the sum of the ...
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Securing Cables at Ends of Conduit Run

As a follow-up to this question, if I have wet/damp location-rated cables going from an outdoor breaker box, up a ~5' SCH40 PVC conduit, and into a building attic, do I need to secure both ends of the ...
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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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Drill From 1st Floor To Second Floor

I am wiring my home with Cat6 and I have my 1st floor wired thanks to tips used from users on this forum! Well now, I need to go between floors! I have found a location that is a straight shot up, ...
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Is ideal clear pulling lube okay for pvc conduit

I'm pulling NM 6 gauge 3 conductor (plus ground) through a 1 inch pvc conduit. I'm wondering if Ideal Clear pulling lube is okay. It says it's okay for all wiring types, but not if it's okay for all ...
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How many 12-2 cables can I put in a short run of conduit?

I am putting in a few new outlets in an enclosed patio, running a new circuit through the attic using 12-2. I would like to go from the panel to the first outlet, then to the second and then the 3rd. ...
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Reducing 1 1/2“ conduit to 1/2” liquid tight

I'm running multiple wires through the same PVC conduit pipe (1.5") that need to exit into flexible liquid tight that is (0.5"). I'm not seeing any reducers for doing something like this other than ...
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Cable securing/support, conduit, etc when exiting main service panel: questions

I'm totally confused by this. Looking for any help that anyone can provide. I've attached a photo of the top of my recently-installed (inspection passed) service panel. The top of the panel sits ...
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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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is fire alarm system conduit color clearly identified on NFPA or UFC?

Inspector says that I have to use red emt conduit for fire alarm system. I want to prove that it doesn't specified in any standarts.
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Easiest & NEC 2011 compliant way run wire into attic?

I have this surface mount wiring connected to an outlet through the bricks (bottom-middle in photo). I would like to branch from this to add a switch (through bricks) and go straight up into the ...
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Running 8/3 along strongback

I'm running a 220(240) 8/3 line for a table saw in my garage. I can fish the 8/3 to the box. I need to run the line to the other end of the garage. The other lines are run down the 1.5" side edge ...
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Is a conduit required or recommended when running SER wire in unfinished space?

I'm planning on installing a 100amp sub panel in the garage. The garage is right around the corner from the main load center in the basement, but part for that path goes through the stairway from the ...
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How to run low voltage wire from one side of kitchen hood to the other?

I need to run low voltage wire for under cabinet lighting from one side of an exhaust hood to the other. I would like to install a conduit so that the wire can be pulled later in the project (after ...
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Running conduit between basement and 1st floor

My basement is currently unfinished but within the next few months we plan on finishing half of it as living space. Before the framing and drywall goes up I want to run a conduit between the ...
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Adapting an outside wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

This was a previous question with some great answers. How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit? One answer was: "There are collar boxes available that have conduit KO's (knockouts). Just ...
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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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Where can I find straps or hangers to secure/support FMC?

I am looking for products to secure FMC (flexible metal conduit). I am having trouble finding any straps or hangers larger than trade size 3/8" that are labeled for anything other than EMT (electric ...
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Is there such a thing as a backless junction box/conduit fitting?

I have a battery enclosure for a small off-grid solar installation, and I want to run the battery cables out of the enclosure to the DC breakers and inverter. I'm looking for a backless junction box ...
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PVC electrical conduit connection to service panel

I am installing an outdoor conduit that consists of four #8 AWG THHN wires inside gray 1" PVC. I need to hook it up to the main service panel and I am not sure what's the best way to do it. I ...
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Conduit Size for Sub-Panel run?

I have old overhead wires that go between my home and a detached garage. The plan is to remove the overhead wires and install a new sub-panel in the garage with an underground (PVC 80) run between the ...
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Hanging EMT conduit exterior to home

How high does exposed EMT have to be from ground running down side of home?