When installing electrical wires in a property, it is essential that the wiring is well protected and secure.
The use of electrical conduits is a practical solution to run the cables behind or on the surface of the walls. Beyond the ability to protect wiring, conduits can also help maintain aesthetics and keep electrical wires out of sight. There are several types of electrical conduits for use in the residence or office complex, which vary according to the type of cable and the local environment. It is always essential to use the right accessories to meet the specific application.
These are some popular types of conduits for convenient wiring installation:
The flexible metal conduit (also called Greenfield flexor) is a convenient option for installation in tight or difficult spaces. Metal conduits are useful to choose when cables are placed on the wall surface. In addition, it offers greater resistance to PVC. It is more practical in basement or garage facilities to protect against harmful insects such as mice or rats.
This type of conduit is constructed to be rigid and consists essentially of long and solid pieces of pipe. This type of conduit is more difficult to work and requires a special tool to cut the pipes to the desired length. But it is a very reliable option for a wide range of applications. This is particularly useful when working on projects where aesthetics is not a major concern. Such as working in a basement. This type of conduit is available in a wide range of sizes to specifically match the total number of cables to be passed. In many situations, it may be advantageous to use a slightly larger conduit to easily accept the width of the cables.
The most common option for a non-metallic conduit is that of wear-resistant PVC. This is a popular option for DIY projects and is appreciated for its ability to provide a high degree of resistance to sunlight, heat and fire. In addition, PVC is economical, lightweight and very easy to work. However, it is not usable in all applications and perhaps even as a prohibited product. Therefore, it is necessary to verify the local building code before using it. In addition, it would be necessary to use a PVC box during the installation process.