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Old 01-29-2009, 04:11 AM   #1
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When can EMT conduit be used outdoors? I guess I always thought that it had to be fairly well protected from moisture, but I've noticed a lot of it run on outside walls, fences, etc. (commercial, professionally done work) where it's pretty much exposed to rain, sprinklers, etc.

Of course, I've also seen it run underground, but I assume NOT by a real electrician .

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EMT can be used outside using rain tight fittings where above ground and not subject to extreme physical damage. GRC is needed in that case and PVC underground.
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We get 7" of annual rainfal so anywhere outside/above ground is good here.
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................... GRC is needed in that case and PVC underground.
I Was not familiar with that acronym so I looked it up.
GRC is Galvanized Rigid Conduit
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Also rigid is frequently run underground without transitioning to PVC.

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I Was not familiar with that acronym so I looked it up.
GRC is Galvanized Rigid Conduit
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Also rigid is frequently run underground without transitioning to PVC.

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Yes, but you should coat with a tar type paint for such uses. PVC is much better underground. Bur 12" minimum and cover with clean builder's sand.
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Yes, but you should coat with a tar type paint for such uses. PVC is much better underground. Bur 12" minimum and cover with clean builder's sand.
PVC needs to be buried at least 18 inches.
You can be at the 12 inch minimum, if it's residential, 120 volts or less, max overcurrent device is 20 amp, and if it is GFCI protected.
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