What size EMT, & PVC would be used if you were going to run on 30 amp 220 volt circuit. the run would be 10/2 romex pushed through this. I have been told that it requires 3/4" but every thing i have ever been tought tells me 1/2 would be fine. It is 2 conductors and a ground all solid 10awg copper. These hit a weather proof box befor going to pipe, it it required to strip down the romex from its outer jacket pprior to being fished.
Why would any sane electrician strip down a length of NM cable, instead of simply pulling the individual conductors?
To address your question: Chapter 9, Table 1 of the NEC, note 9 requires us to consider the cable as a single circular conductor with a diameter equal to the largest dimension of the cable. 53% fill.
What is the largest dimension of 10/2 Romex? using Table 4 for PVC, I see, for the 53% column, a maximum area of .151 sq. in. for 1/2 inch and .269 sq. in. for 3/4 inch conduit. Doing the math, for 1/2 inch PVC conduit the maximum size would be .438 inches, and for 3/4 inch PVC the maximum size would be .585 inch. I do believe to sleeve 10/2 we would need 1 inch PVC to meet code. Has anyone measured 10/2 Romex lately?
Essex Electric Company(cable manufacturer) lists their 10/2 w/grnd as having the approximate dimensions of .22"x.49". Per Chapter 9, 1" EMT @40% fill is only good for .346", so 1¼" EMT would be needed. For RNC sch40, 1" is .333", so 1¼" RNC would also be needed. ½" EMT @ 40% fill is good for .122". Essex lists their 14/2 w/grnd as having the dimensions of .17"x.37", so even the 14/2 would need to be in 1¼".
[This message has been edited by stamcon (edited 03-31-2005).]
Don't confuse diameter with area. The 10/2 has a cross section of 0.49x0.22, and thus an area of about 0.085 _square inches_. However code requires us to treat it as a circular object with a diameter of 0.49", or a 'code calculated area' of 0.189 square inches.
For a _single_ conductor or cable, you are allowed to go to 53% fill, so 3/4 EMT would be sufficient for this particular 10/2.
Note that if this is conduit in a wet location, you need wet rated conductors. NM-B is _not_ rated for wet location use. Also pulling individual THHN/THWN conductors is probably much easier
Re: Wire Fill?#50299 03/31/0501:21 AM03/31/0501:21 AM
When you stated that you would need a weatherproof cover I'm thinking this would be located outside in which would be concidered a damp of wet location. Romex is not listed for these locations 334.12(B)(4)