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    max number of bends

    Hey guys, I was trying to find the max # of bends in a 100' of EMT. Also isn't there some little degrees variable in thate equation somewhere?

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    Shaun
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    Re: max number of bends

    360 degrees max. 1' to 1,000,000'

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    Re: max number of bends

    See Article 358.26 of the 2002 NEC for allowed bends in one run of conduit for EMT.
    Bryan P. Holland, MCP

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    Re: max number of bends

    thanks guys
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    Re: max number of bends

    Originally posted by shaun:
    Also isn't there some little degrees variable in thate equation somewhere?

    Thanks,

    Shaun
    You must count ALL bends. This includes box offsets, saddles, etc... in your 360 max.
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    Re: max number of bends

    At one point, I was thinking of proposing a Code change to eliminate the inclusion of the box offset [since is is so small and the the wires {40%} actually go straight thru].
    But one day I pushed a run of about 40' and it had a super bend and then another 90º and then a 22.5º offset and finally the box offset. I got the wires pushed almost all of the way and investigation showed that it got hung up entering that last box offset. So it does make a little difference.
    ~Peter

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    Re: max number of bends

    Luke believe it or not we had a electrician (well he thought he was one) that thought that as long as every bend had a bend in the opposite direction it would cancel the first bend out, so he didn't think it needed to be counted.

    [ April 22, 2004, 02:21 AM: Message edited by: hurk27 ]
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    Re: max number of bends

    Do you know why they decided on 360 degrees of bends? Well it's pretty simple actually, it's because when you have something like a wire or a Horse's Rein,(Yeah just like in the Old Westerns, where they just throw the horses rein over and around the Hitching post) that encounters 360 degrees of friction, it effectively becomes a "CINCH" type Knot. And when you try to overcome that much of resistive friction, you can damage the wire, then you have it to do all over again.
    I worked on a job once where the Specs only allowed 180 degrees of bends, with every bend, no matter how slight, was to be considered a 90 degree bend. Therefore before and after every box offset, we had to install a Pulling "C" type Condulet. Regardless of the type or size of conduit.
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    Re: max number of bends

    so you have already got your answer, "360 degrees", that is what the answer will be on a test. In practice, as a fellow electrician, when you have on long run with multiple circuits, it is always a good idea to install a pull box.
    Chicago electrician

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