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krazni 01-14-2009 05:56 PM

ENT in steel studs?
I was an electrician 25 years ago, but things have changed a bit :yes: I am doing some framing with steel studs, and want to use ENT (you know, the blue plastic flexible stuff we called "smurf" when it first came out) to run the electric circuits. It's a semi-commercial application for a non-profit organization, and I can't use romex.

My questions is this: does code require bushings in the steel studs to protect the ENT?

Couldn't find it in the code book, and know that you guys are much more up on this than I

hey, thanks for any help you can offer. :jester:

wirenut1110 01-14-2009 07:47 PM

I'm wondering why you want to use ENT vs. mc? No, you don't need bushings in between studs. Just seems like a pain in the rear.

rgsgww 01-14-2009 08:13 PM

mc all the way:thumbup:

krazni 01-14-2009 10:41 PM

MC? Uh, I'm guessing metalic conduit.

I have a few retired volunteers doing most of the work (i.e. unskilled labor), and the learning curve would be too high for the scope of the job. It's a fairly simply project, but with a lot of recepts and switches in relatively close proximity. I'm overseeing other projects as well, and check in on them every couple hours, so wanted to make this as simple as possible -- for both theirs and my sake.


frenchelectrican 01-15-2009 01:04 AM

The MC what we sometime called metal clad that is amoured fexiable conduit and we used it alot in commercal building and myself I used a bit in resdentail especally with unfinshed garage.

Now for Smurf tube ya can run thur the steel studs a quick tip give a quick yank it will fly very fast to the point it will not hung up if you move it slow it will hung up { some local codes may required bushings so check it out when you plan to go that route }


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