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    Running Homeruns

    If you guys had a panel 50’ away feeding this area would yourun separate MC cables to a box close to the panel or would you just run a conduithomerun pipe with several circuits? Just curious how you guys would do this?Thanks.
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    For just 4 or 5 circuits I would probably just run MC cable. I could probably run 5 runs of MC faster than I could install the conduit.
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    If the ceiling is accessible I also would run a 3/4" conduit up out of the panel and then run mc from there. This helps with the number of ko's needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrlucky74 View Post
    If you guys had a panel 50’ away feeding this area would yourun separate MC cables to a box close to the panel or would you just run a conduithomerun pipe with several circuits? Just curious how you guys would do this?Thanks.
    How are you getting the MC cables into the panel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    How are you getting the MC cables into the panel?

    Your not...as Dennis said I would homerun pipe from the panel out of the closet to an accessible ceiling, probably about a 10'-15 pipe run to a box then MC cable from there to the construction space.

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    Didn't we just have this discussion?

    What do your specs say?

    What is your company policy about homeruns in MC or not?

    I say, running homeruns in MC is hack

    I say running MC 150' (like the example in your separate conduit thread) is hack

    others will jump on my statement and say"what's wrong with MC homeruns, or running long footages in MC?...Who cares what it looks like? It will be covered up"....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdslotz View Post
    Didn't we just have this discussion?

    What do your specs say?

    What is your company policy about homeruns in MC or not?

    I say, running homeruns in MC is hack

    I say running MC 150' (like the example in your separate conduit thread) is hack

    others will jump on my statement and say"what's wrong with MC homeruns, or running long footages in MC?...Who cares what it looks like? It will be covered up"....lol
    I didn't mean MC homeruns as I clarified...I said a short HR out of the panel to a box and then MC from there to the space. My specs always say conduit out of panel to first box.

    I said it was 50' run.

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    For me it would really just depend how accessible the work area is.
    Also the difficulty of getting the EMT to that location.

    Such a going thru a busy public area to access it's easier to push a cart with tools, a roll of mc cable, and other small material.
    Where EMT could require more manpower to safely bring thru PA's.
    If you don't have service elevators and need to go between floors, a tool cart may be acceptable to go on the elevator.
    But EMT may need to be carried up the stairs.

    Another plus with MC cable is unlimited number of bends if there is not a good path.
    If the run is cluttered and no 1 elevation is clear, MC may be the way to go.

    I love conduit, being rom Chicagoland most everything was conduit.
    Don't really like doing EMT on small runs. Takes more tools, material, and trips than MC.
    For service MC can be better. Trying to fit in access hatches or between ceiling grid can be a Challenger.

    But it really depends on the location. 50' along clean brick wall, EMT. 50' Across a ceiling stuffed with mechanicals, MC.
    Will it be exposed to who, and what also is a factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by active1 View Post
    For me it would really just depend how accessible the work area is.
    Also the difficulty of getting the EMT to that location.

    Such a going thru a busy public area to access it's easier to push a cart with tools, a roll of mc cable, and other small material.
    Where EMT could require more manpower to safely bring thru PA's.
    If you don't have service elevators and need to go between floors, a tool cart may be acceptable to go on the elevator.
    But EMT may need to be carried up the stairs.

    Another plus with MC cable is unlimited number of bends if there is not a good path.
    If the run is cluttered and no 1 elevation is clear, MC may be the way to go.

    I love conduit, being rom Chicagoland most everything was conduit.
    Don't really like doing EMT on small runs. Takes more tools, material, and trips than MC.
    For service MC can be better. Trying to fit in access hatches or between ceiling grid can be a Challenger.

    But it really depends on the location. 50' along clean brick wall, EMT. 50' Across a ceiling stuffed with mechanicals, MC.
    Will it be exposed to who, and what also is a factor.
    Thanks. It would be run above existing hung 2x2 ceilings down corridors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrlucky74 View Post
    Your not...as Dennis said I would homerun pipe from the panel out of the closet to an accessible ceiling, probably about a 10'-15 pipe run to a box then MC cable from there to the construction space.
    Nothing wrong with that.
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