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#84345 - 03/19/03 05:35 PM # of bends in EMT  
gserve  Offline
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Is 3 90 degree and 2 offset bends at boxes in 1 run from box to panel code complient? (EMT)

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#84346 - 03/19/03 05:53 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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Per 2002 NEC 358.26 : No more than 360 deg of bends between pull points.


#84347 - 03/19/03 05:53 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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Yes, if the offset's do not equal more than 90 degrees.

#84348 - 03/19/03 06:35 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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Would you consider 2 regular box offsets more than 1 quarter bend?(90 degress)?

#84349 - 03/19/03 06:46 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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They are typically 10 degrees each for a total of 20. Hence, 90+90+90+20+20=310 total degrees.

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#84350 - 03/19/03 07:11 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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ok, i'll play..

i've thrown plenty of pvc in dithes that will assume the natural bend of the ditch.

is this 'bent'?

#84351 - 03/19/03 07:27 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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York, NE
"is this 'bent'?"
Only if the AHJ can see it!

I once had a AHJ do a rough-in inspection. He counted every box offset as a 90° bend. He was the Senior Inspector for the State on Nebraska. He wouldn't listen to reason and it wasn't worth the trouble to go over his head.

Ever since that time I no longer use box offsets on conduit that will get covered with sheetrock.


#84352 - 03/19/03 07:55 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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Straughn, IN 47387
When ever I offset EMT I use 30º bends because it's easy to do the math when the multiplier is 2. That would make my offsets 60º so one of them and 3 90º would still be okay. Your offset would have to use 2 bends greater than 45º to make it a violation and that would be a funky looking offset!

#84353 - 03/23/03 06:24 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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To me the bends in the ditch is more than just being about passing inspection. To me its a bend because its gonna cause that much more resistance come wire pulling time.

#84354 - 03/26/03 11:43 PM Re: # of bends in EMT  
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You know it's a tough day when an AHJ counts box offsets, and considers "the bend of the ditch" part of the 360 degrees. So I think I would ask him, "If I'm bent over 90 degrees at the waist, does that count also?"

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