# Quick Answer: What size electrical conduit do I need?

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## How do I choose conduit size?

Calculate the total diameter of the wires to determine the diameter of the conduit when placing wires of different gauge and type inside the conduit. Find the wire diameter in table 5 for each gauge wire and type. Multiply the number of wires for each gauge and type by the wire diameter. Total the results.

## What size electrical conduit do I need for 12 2 wire?

For two 12/2 NM cable, you need at least 1″ conduit (by calculations below) but it’ll still be a difficult pull. For two 12/2 UF, you’ll need at least 1-1/4″ conduit.

## How many wires can I put in a 1 inch PVC conduit?

Conduit Fill Table for PVC

Trade Size in Inches Wire Size (THWN, THHN) Conductor Size AWG/kcmil
14
1 1 in SCH 40 34
1 in SCH 80 28
1 1/4 1 1/4 in SCH 40 60

## How do you calculate minimum conduit size?

Actual Fill up Area of Hume Pipe =40% X Area of Conduit =40% X 70650. Actual Fill up Area of Hume Pipe =28260 Sq.mm. Required No of Conduit = Total Area of Cables / Actual Fill up Area of Conduit. Required No of Conduit = 9944 / 28260.

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## Can conduit be too big?

It is better to use a conduit that is too big than one that is too small. For example, for 60 amp service you would use a minimum 1-inch conduit, for 100 amp service you would use a minimum 1¼ inch conduit, and for 200 amp service you would use a minimum 2 inch conduit.

## Is it OK to run Romex through conduit?

Running Romex in a Conduit

When using any non metallic wire outdoor, including Romex, it is a good idea to run it through a conduit. Yes, they can be used outdoors, it is better to be safe than sorry. We recommend using a conduit when running the wire underground.

## Is it OK to run Romex in PVC conduit?

7 Answers. Yes, NM cable can be in conduit. In fact. NEC calls for it to be in conduit, when protection from physical damage is required.

## How many number 12 wires can you put in a half inch conduit?

Allowable Conduit Fill Capacities

Size and Type of Conduit 14 AWG Wire 12 AWG Wire
1/2-inch EMT 12 9
3/4-inch EMT 22 16
1-inch EMT 35 26
1 1/2-inch EMT 84 61

## How many circuits can you fit in a 3/4 conduit?

A. Master electrician Rex Cauldwell responds: For practical purposes, the maximum number of 12-gauge THHN conductors for a 3/4-inch EMT conduit is nine. The answer would be different for another type of conduit (for example, ENT), or if the conductor had a different insulation type or different outside diameter.

## What percentage of conduit can be filled with wire?

The NEC specifications are: One wire: maximum fill is 53% of the space inside a conduit. Two wires: maximum fill is 31% Three wires or more: maximum fill is 40% of the conduit’s total available space.

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## What type of wire can I run in conduit?

The most common type of cable used in home wiring is non-metallic (NM), or Romex, cable. While NM cable can be run inside a conduit, this is seldom done. The types of wire most commonly installed inside of conduit are THHN and THWN. THHN/THWN wires are individual, insulated, and color-coded wires.