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Blackbeered 11-24-2011 10:50 AM

Feeding the First Receptacle from Service Panel
I'm building a detached garage. The new Service Panel will be laid between studs.

I want to run 1/2" EMT horizontally to the first receptacle. What kind of EMT connector [EMT to SP] will pass inspection? Do I even need a connector? How about just using the connector without the setscrew?

[You can see, I only want to drill a 'minimal clearance' hole through the stud.]

ddawg16 11-24-2011 11:26 AM

Why do you need EMT? If you the walls will be covered with drywall, then you can run Romex. You only need to use EMT when the wires would be exposed and subject to damage.

If you were not planning on putting on drywall, I would highly suggest rethinking that idea. The reduction in dirt and dust alone is worth doing drywall.

J. V. 11-24-2011 11:41 AM

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This is a set screw EMT connector. One on each end.

Blackbeered 11-24-2011 12:42 PM


It's that pesky little set screw I'm trying to avoid. [And If I leave the set screw off, even though the conduit isn't going to be moving side-to-side, I'm not sure I haven't compromised ground continuity by letting the conduit 'flop around' in it.]

Let's say I'm coming out of the left side of the SP ... thru a knockout and a 3/4" hole thru the stud. I was wondering if there's an EMT "barb" or other code-approved connector that'll allow me to slip in the conduit rather than the type you show.

Techy 11-24-2011 02:04 PM

this is a 'compression' EMT connector. more expensive but should fit in a smaller area. although the set screw doesnt protrude very far past the connector anyway

Blackbeered 11-24-2011 02:30 PM

Thanks Techy
I'm gonna assume that fitting will accept 1/2 rigid conduit [and isn't for watertight flex].

Techy 11-24-2011 05:54 PM

1/2" GRC(rigid) no, but yes it will work for 1/2" EMT

Jim Port 11-24-2011 09:54 PM

Just drill the hole below the panel and bend a 90 on the conduit.

Blackbeered 11-25-2011 06:24 AM

Thanks for All Those Replies ... So Quickly
... I've got what I need. Please consider "the case closed".:)

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