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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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Electrical Ditch Cover Inspection

Unincorporated Pierce County, Washington State, USA. We're covered under Washington State L&I for electrical inspections and I've been digging around their site but have failed to come up with an ...
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Running 240v power to detached garage for electric vehicle

We have a detached garage approx 95ft away from the main house and we are looking to run a 240v circuit there. Currently we have Romex wire running straight into the ground. (This is how it was when ...
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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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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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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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What is the preferred method for removing & replacing electrical wiring in the garage?

I just purchased a house built in the mid-1990s in Kansas, U.S. The garage is generally finished: It has sheetrock walls and ceiling. It also has outlets spaced every 6 feet or so about 4 feet above ...
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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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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 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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What are my options for running feeder cable into an exterior main panel?

I'm trying to connect a 4/3 nm feeder cable into to my exterior mounted service entry / main panel. There is already what looks like a 1 1/2" rigid conduit from the crawlspace through the rim joist ...
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Should I be able to run some 1.5" PVC chase conduits from attic to basement next to a cold air return?

I have a new home I just moved in to and rather than having them put this stuff in ahead of time (silly me) I'm now trying to do it now. Here is my situation... I live in a 2 story home with a ...
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Derating 6 current-carrying conductors?

I'm having a hard time understanding 310.15(B)(2)(a). Here's the boat I'm in: I hooking up a tankless water heater that calls for 3 40 amp breakers (it's a 24 kw Ecosmart). So I put in a sub panel in ...
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Fittings for conduit passing through ceiling/floor

A follow up to this question: Running Coax cable to the upper floor If I cut a hole in the ceiling of my dining room and then another in the floor so I can run a conduit from the upstairs all the way ...
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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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How should I route PVC electrical conduit around lightning prevention downleads?

What precautions or steps are needed when routing Schedule 40 PVC Electrical conduit across (90 degree crossing) a lightning prevention downlead? This downlead looks to be braided copper cable ...
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What is the safe/proper way to run non-metallic conduit between floors?

I need to run a CAT5 line and a 22/4 alarm wire from my 2 story attic to the first floor. I have access to the interior of the walls (I will re-dryboard). I'd like to run carlon ENT from the attic ...
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How does the cost of conduit compare to conventional wiring?

I know I want to future proof my new construction by installing conduit instead of trying to guess what wires I'll want in 50 years. But I want to understand the cost of conduit vs. non-conduit, at ...
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Appropriate conduit for several data cables underground over 300' run

I have done some searching around but have not found anything definitive, and/or my background is weak in this area and I may be understanding poorly. I will have 2-4 PoE cables that will be run ...
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6/3 NM-B (Non-Metallic) across the yard

I would like to extend a 6/3 NM-B (Non-Metallic) ROMEX Simpull wire diagonally across my yard from basement to a wooden pole that will have the Nema 14-50 outlet. The outlet will be exposed to the ...
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Electrical design for a house with an ADU, solar, and backup generator

I recently moved into a fixer-upper house, and have some questions about how to go about (re)designing the electrical system in a way that meets my somewhat unique timeline and site requirements. ...
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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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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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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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Run 50ft underground electrical: gauge and conduit?

I have a gfci outlet in my garage, only thing connected to a 20amp breaker (it’s about 20ft from the electrical box). I would like to add an outlet 50ft outside in my flower bed. Two questions: ...
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How to remove metal ring on flex conduit?

I'm replacing my electric car charging station with a newer version. The current one is fed from behind by flex conduit which is held in place with a metal ring. The ring is featureless and smooth (...
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Gap (2") between PVC conduit and exposed foundation (exterior)

I can't figure out how to get a good photo of this setup, so I'll try to describe as best I can. I'm moving/replacing the existing overhead electric cable that runs between the main house and the ...
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Will galvanized metal conduit balusters resist rust?

I'd like to use galvanized metal conduit as deck balusters with pressure-treated lumber. Will the bare metal resist rust? If not, is there an inexpensive way to improve its rust resistance?
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Can I use THHN/THWN-2 within a lamp post?

Foreword: I've been using UF wire for about 10 years now, and I've really grown to hate it. It's hard to work with, hard to strip, and hard to pull through conduit. I prefer all my underground wire to ...
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What metal conduit takes a 1-5/8" dia. knockout?

I have a junction box with a knockout that is 1-5/8" diameter. (it was homebrewed, possibly in 1929). Would this be suggestive of a particular type of conduit? It will definitely be metal conduit. ...
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Can I wire a 120v 20A outlet with #8 wire

I am installing an outlet on the front of my house to charge my Kea Niro. The current charger I am using requires a 120v 20A circuit. In the future I expect to get a charger that will require a 240v ...
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TV cables getting stuck in conduit after mounting TV on fireplace

We are first time home owners and trying to learn basic things. We mounted our TV ourselves yesterday. I'm now trying to hide the wires. There is already a rugged conduit (something like this) behind ...
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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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Exposed Romex cable on garage ceiling without conduit protection

I am working on an old house. The garage ceiling (attic floor) has exposed beams (ie. it doesn't have sheetrock on the underside that provides for a finished ceiling). The power to the garage door ...
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Drilled a shallow hole in concrete ceiling and some water came out. What now?

We are on a ground floor of a condo building and to put up the partitions I drilled a small hole and after about 1" depth the drill fell into a void (about 1" more) and about a quart or so of clear ...
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How do I connect the wires inside a conduit junction box?

I have some wiring in my garage (done by a sparky believe it or not...) where the wire is quite loose, just tacked to the wall with clips, and there are a few junction boxes as well as the usual ...
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Exterior to Interior Wiring and Code Deficiencies?

I recently installed a 100a exterior subpanel adjacent to my main panel to allow for the installation of 240V and 120V service to a shed on the opposite side of my house, along with a 240V dryer of ...
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Conduit fill - number of circuits .vs. number of branches

I think I get this one, but just to verify or clarify... (USA NEC) When running multiple circuits (different breakers) in a single conduit, you have to derate after (is it 4?) sharing the one conduit....
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Inground Conduit Box for Driveway Snow Melting

I'm installing snow melting cables into a concrete and stone paver driveway. It requires 5 mats rated at 25 Amps and 6000 watts. I also need a 6th small run of heating wire to cover the full area. ...
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Help running romex and conduit for new outlet through cold air return

I have two circuits right now that both terminate in the outlet box for the range hood/microwave. The one that goes into the box from above up in the second floor joists is a currently unused circuit (...
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Old-style electrical conduit connector?

See photos. I'm having trouble finding this on the internet. Looks like it's some kind of compression connector for EMT conduit, with dimples. The conduit is 3/4" What is this style of connector ...
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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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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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What extra conduit should I include in a utility trench?

I'm putting in a trench with electricity + water + phone from the street to a future house site. The trench will be around 150' long. The electricity and phone will each be in their own conduit, ...
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How to run single ethernet (no PoE) in trench through garden?

I've never buried a cable before, or even run a conduit in a wall/floorspace, so this is all new to me. I've dug half the trench across the garden so far. It's only 6" deep in some places as below ...
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Can conduit just be left laying on the ground?

My contractor ran a 220V line from a box in our garage, through the rear wall of the house, to the rear kitchen wall to power the microwave and oven. Although the wires are encased in a PVC conduit, ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...