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Dorado 02-07-2013 09:20 AM

How does a guy get a steel EMT body?
I need one 3/4" steel type C EMT body - the threadless kind, not the kind that also works with rigid conduit. Any tips? I know where to get aluminum ones but I heard they make them in steel, and my EMT is steel, so I figured that's the right choice.

gregzoll 02-07-2013 09:52 AM

Local Supply house, or if you are lucky like we are with our Lowe's and Menard's hardware, they may carry.

Oso954 02-07-2013 04:01 PM

"...and my EMT is steel, so I figured that's the right choice"

No, aluminum will work just fine, in most cases.

Greater impact resistance is one of the reasons to insist on steel (actually malleable iron). But if that is the case, why would you use set screw connections or even EMT to begin with ?

You need a 3/4 type C conduit body. You want the threadless setscrew type and "steel". Unless you give on one of the wants, you may not find it.

Or, buy a threaded malleable iron one, and use fittings to adapt to a threadless setscrew EMT connection.

Speedy Petey 02-07-2013 04:57 PM

Absolutely NO reason to go with a malleable condulet with EMT. Aluminum is perfectly fine.

Dorado 02-07-2013 06:47 PM

OK, I gave up looking for steel anyway. Steel may have been thinner so the EMT would be closer to the wall and the wall straps would work better, and my EMT kind of has to be very near the wall because it's coming out of a difficult-to-enlarge hole, but I could probably make it work.

oleguy74 02-07-2013 07:17 PM

if you need conduit closer to wall,bend an off-set or use a conduit off-set fitting.

Dorado 02-07-2013 07:30 PM

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For a solution involving bending, I might have to bend it away from the wall only 1/4" - 1/2" so it still fits in the soffit that will be covering it. I can't adjust the soffit depth because I want the soffit to be the same depth as a feature in the corner of the wall, about 2 1/2" (see picture). And I wanted an access panel in the soffit as near the corner as possible. But I'll make it work somehow.

k_buz 02-07-2013 07:32 PM

If the wiring is going to be covered by a soffit, why not use romex?

Dorado 02-07-2013 07:35 PM

It's coax for TV and computer. It's in EMT to make fishing easier, and I'll cover the EMT with a soffit to make it look nicer.

k_buz 02-07-2013 07:37 PM

Why do you need to put coax in EMT?

Dorado 02-07-2013 07:50 PM

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The coax is yellow in the picture below. I want it to be replaceable in the future and I want more cable to be able to be added. Without EMT, it's much harder get new cable through the soffit (red) and wall, unless a hole is made in the soffit. I want this user friendly for future tennants.

theatretch85 02-07-2013 08:14 PM

Putting in a condulet (90) will be next to impossible to pull any new cabling through! You would be best off putting a bend in the conduit forming a nice sweeping 90 instead of the condulet. If you don't have a conduit bender, you can buy the 90 degree bends pre-formed and just couple it on either side to your conduit.

Dorado 02-07-2013 08:21 PM

I won't be using a 90 degree condulet. I'll be using a type C, so the holes are in line with each other. I already assembled most of the conduit with the sweeping bends you mentioned and I can actually push in more than one coax by hand, even one at a time, through a 90 degree bend, then a more shallow bend.

gregzoll 02-07-2013 08:57 PM

Lets get back at the beginning. What exactly are you trying to accomplish, and what will be the end result? Are you planning a home theater, or just a way to hide wiring from across one area to the next?

Instead of all of us playing twenty questions, put it all out on the table, and just explain exactly what you are trying to accomplish from start to finish.

Dorado 02-07-2013 09:08 PM

You actually answered the only question I needed help with. I'm just a little concerned that the EMT body may not fit because the EMT may have to be too close to the wall. No biggie. The EMT body would just make fishing with fish tape a little easier in some cases. A gap between EMT sections would be fine because it would be covered by the soffit, and I'm building this so fish tape isn't even necessary.

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