Any kind of wiring needs to be protected from damage, and while some wires come with sheath coating, this is not a perfect solution and there is another, superior, option in the form of conduits.
Single strands of electrical wire are able to be pulled within a metal conduit and can be added within in to allow many different wires to be pulled between electrical boxes.
Conduits come in a number of different styles and types, including PVC conduits. PVC conduits are a very popular form of conduit and are used for the purpose of enclosing and protecting wires and cables for communications and power applications.
What are PVC conduits used for?
PVC conduits can be used to run wires that are in exposed locations situated in and around the home or business, including exposed areas. Conduit run can even be inside walls on some occasions, allowing the homeowner access to be able to pull extra circuits through pre-existing conduit runs at a later date.
A number of different kinds of wiring can be used within the conduits.
PVC conduits are often made use of in applications that are wet or located somewhere that is underground or outside because they protect wires from any water seepage that may occur in such an environment. This kind of conduit comes with connectors, couplings, elbows and fittings that are also made out of PVC.
PVC conduits are also able to contract and expand and are resistant to corrosion as well as moisture.
For the sake of the correct grounding methods, a green ground wire should always be run in the conduit at connection points as PVC conduits are not themselves conductive.
Why PVC conduit usage is so common
One of the reasons why PVC conduits are so popular is because of their lightweight nature, which also makes them inexpensive when compared to many other types of conduit.
PVC conduits are a great choice for domestic or commercial lighting of infrastructure or residential projects and are built to cope with industrial power requirements.
PVC conduits come in an array of different grades or thicknesses, and both flexible and rigid wall PVC conduits are available.
Flexible conduit systems often come with special fittings and can be used for a wide array of different applications and although providing superb moisture is actually best suited to dry areas as they are not completely waterproof, unlike the more rigid wall PVC conduits.
Rigid wall PVC conduits are ideal for all applications that need a conduit for plumbing or electrical chases. The rigidity means that these conduits can be used below ground as well as above it.
PVC conduits are always used by the construction industry, both in above-ground projects and for bury and directional underground drilling applications.
In addition to the size of the cable, the electrical conduit type that will be required for installation will also be dependent on the path and the surrounding environment through which electrical cables may need to be routed. In addition to PVC, aluminium, metal and steel conduits are also available.