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Old 06-08-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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running new EMT conduits from the panel

Going to be running new EMT conduits from the panel to the kitchen.

Don't see a big deal with that...however, I am wondering how to feed conductors into or from the panel. As I pull the conductors through, I don't want any loose wire or metal fishtape to accidentally bounce into anything live I'm the panel box. I can turn the main breakers off but still the big service wires and where they screw into.

What are the safety procedure to follow? Tape all conductor ends I am pulling...do I tape a garbage bag over stuff inside the panel? Do I connect an elbow to extend the line outward of the panel box? Do I get my in-laws to do this?

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Old 06-08-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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Use fiberglass fish tape. Pull wires to the panel with spools at far end. That way you see wires emerge into panel and you can pull a few more feet for hookups. Have a helper feed wires into the far box so no kinks or tangles.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:28 AM   #3
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Pulling a fishtape (much less metal) into a live panel is bad practice. It is just asking for problems. Feed the wire from the panel side of the run.


Install a JBox near the panel, pull the majority of the run to the JBox. Then you can push the wire (only) into the panel.
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If your "ascared" pulling into or from the panel, you can put cardboard here and/or there.

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