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davewest 02-25-2008 10:39 PM

Conduit, above ground, code question
 
Running permanent power to the garage: can I run my wire through a conduit above ground? The conduit is already laid, running under our deck and against the side of the house. I ran power through it as a temporary setup, but now I want to do it right and up to code. Part of the pipe also runs under a 4 foot stretch of concrete between the house and the garage, so its only buried 4" at most. The rest of the pipe runs above ground, under the deck.

Will I be ok?

Jim Port 02-26-2008 07:46 AM

How high above ground is the deck? What is the voltage in the conduit? Does this circuit have GFI protection at the panel? What type of conduit is installed?

davewest 02-26-2008 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 101859)
How high above ground is the deck? What is the voltage in the conduit? Does this circuit have GFI protection at the panel? What type of conduit is installed?

Thanks for checking into this:

The deck is about 2ft off the ground. The voltage will be 240 when i run the new line, its currently 120. Circuit is not gfi protected at the panel. Conduit is a 1" pvc.

Again, I ran the pvc myself when i first ran power out there, so its never passed inspection, or needed to pass i should say.

Speedy Petey 02-26-2008 05:22 PM

Dave, from your descriptions you are fine. NO GFI protection is required until you get to receptacles.
As long as the conduit is out of harms way it does not matter what it is

I assume you are running to a sub-panel.
Is the garage detached from the house?

davewest 02-27-2008 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 102083)
Dave, from your descriptions you are fine. NO GFI protection is required until you get to receptacles.
As long as the conduit is out of harms way it does not matter what it is

I assume you are running to a sub-panel.
Is the garage detached from the house?


Yes, the garage is detached and I will be putting in a new subpanel when i run the new service. What type of gfi protection will i need? Just the receptacles?

I thought about using a 60amp gfi breaker at the main to protect the whole garage, but the breakers are a bit pricey.

Thanks

Speedy Petey 02-27-2008 03:29 PM

Yes, all accessible 120v 15 & 20 amp receptacles require GFI protection.

I would NOT protect the whole panel. I would just use GFI devices at the beginning of each receptacle circuit.

davewest 02-27-2008 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 102442)
Yes, all accessible 120v 15 & 20 amp receptacles require GFI protection.

I would NOT protect the whole panel. I would just use GFI devices at the beginning of each receptacle circuit.


Great. Thanks again.


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