This is probably a silly question. I am adding an outlet to a circuit in my garage. I'm putting up 1/2" plastic conduit and it will have some 45 degree bends in it to get around a drain pipe. I'm using one #12/2 NM for the new run. Is it o.k. to use just a drop of liquid soap, like Dial or something, to help get that wire through the pipe? I wasn't sure if it would harm anything or go against any code.
It's not worth it to go out and buy a tube of wire pulling lube, just to sleeve a piece of NM 5 feet. Just strip most of it and it should go right through. Maybe if you know a sparky, he will give you some.
Shoot first, apologize later.....maybe
Re: sudsy question#22856 03/06/0307:11 AM03/06/0307:11 AM
The UL Directory includes the following information on the type of material that should be used in order to show compliance with the requirements of the NEC.
Listed Wire-pulling Compounds
This category covers wire-pulling compounds intended for use as lubricants in installing electrical conductors in raceways. These compounds have been investigated to determine their compatibility with conductor insulation and coverings.
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: sudsy question#22857 03/06/0308:53 AM03/06/0308:53 AM
Before factory made lubs, the accepted method was Lux Flakes or Ivory Flakes. No damage was ever reported and the residue after drying was powdery. I used them many times working with my Dad and Brothers. Rowdy