PVC conduit for residential install

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by drick, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. drick

    drick In the Trades

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    I need to add some outlets in my unfinished portion of the basement and add a subpanel next to my main panel. Is PVC okay to use indoors a residential situation? I can bend pipe, but I'm slower at it and often its not the best looking.

    -rick
  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    If it is for protection from damage then you must use Sch80. If it is simply for looks then Sch40 is fine.
  3. drick

    drick In the Trades

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    Hi, thanks. Its just for appearance. I know I could shoot a piece of PT to the wall and run the romex down the PT to an outlet at 4 feet but its not the look I want. I'll spend the $$$ and time for the PVC.
    -rick
  4. codeone

    codeone Code Enforcement

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    The reason for using pipe down the wall is for physical protection. Not so much for looks. The 2008 NEC requires schedule 80 pvc for physical protection if your using PVC.
  5. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    Just a note. This is not new for 2008. It's been in the code a while.
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