Originally Posted by gmarena
Thanks for your response. I had hoped there would be a less convoluted way of starting this run from the panel, but I wasn't sure if I was allowed by code to make a turn like that from the side of the panel to the adjacent stud. I think I'll use a flexible elbow to route it from the panel to a point on the side of the stud and go from there unless you or anybody else knows of a reason why this shouldn't be done.
About the NM cable above - do you mean all of it that was shown in the picture or just the two sections coming up that stud and heading off to the left where I'm planning to run the conduit? Is there a way I can sleeve it without having to rip it all down and re-do it?
Thanks for the tip - I have searched these forums and found lots of good information such as the 360 degree rule you mentioned, subpanel information, and the maximum number of conductors allowed in conduit. I just wanted to be sure I interpreted it all correctly.
Greg. No flexible 90. Come out of the top
of the panel with a short section of conduit. Put a slight bend in it so the 90 will run flush with the studs. We call it a kick. Better than two 90's and professional looking.
The cable situation was mentioned, because its a violation to install NM cable where subject to physical damage. By no means do you have to do anything as "subject to physical damage" could mean anything, but you get the picture and so does the NEC.
However. Since it looks like a mess, why not clean it up and sleeve the cables up close to the ceiling. Any cables that run perpendicular to the studs should be pulled through holes drilled in the studs or behind the studs. They should also be in holes at the top sill. Installed as if you planned to put up drywall for an example. Do you understand?
Just turn off the breaker for the cable. Disconnect the cable from the panel, pull it out, insert a sleeve and reinstall. You will need some conduit, some connectors with lock nuts and some plastic bushings. You want a connector at the top of the sleeve with a bushing. PVC can be used. I like EMT, but it will be harder for you to work with.
The picture on the top is just for general cable routing and the picture on the bottom is showing a sleeve with connector and bushing at the top (yellow). Sorry I could not find something matching your application, but these pictures should make this more clear. I hope?
Don't tell anyone, but you could just ignore the cables. I promise not to tell.