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electrical conduit question

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:39 am
by Jimbob
Hi everybody,
I am wiring my boat and have found that it is very difficult to push/pull wires through the flexible split conduit that I installed.
Now I am thinking of replacing it with the pvc electrical conduit they sell at home depot. Does anyone see any problem with using that conduit?
Not sure what is ok or not when it comes to boats.

Thanks,
Jim

Re: electrical conduit question

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:07 am
by Bill Edmundson
Jim

I use PVC conduit. I heat the ends until soft then flair them. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck a string through the pipe and make a big loop. You can then use that string to pull your wiring.

Bill

Re: electrical conduit question

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:22 am
by Jimbob
Thanks Bill! That's what I will do.
What do you mean by flair the ends?
Jim

Re: electrical conduit question

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:03 am
by mrintense
I think Bill means that the tubing has a slight trumpet (flared end) to allow the wiring to exit more easily and to give the opening a softer edge to avoid chafing. Also consider that the wires will be entering the conduit as a bundle and perhaps several bundles, so may not be as tightly packed as the tubing.

Re: electrical conduit question

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:23 am
by Bill Edmundson
Yes, trumpet the ends and make the edges as smooth as you can. You can also use the split tube from the end of the conduit to local locations.

Bill