Understanding Electrical PVC Conduit Sizes
Selecting the Right PVC Conduit for Your Electrical Wiring Project – PVC Conduit for Electrical Wiring – (Poly Vinyl Chloride). PVC conduit is commonly used for underground electrical wiring.
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Electrical Question: Should I use special PVC couplings and fittings for Schedule 80 Electrical PVC Conduit?
I am just curious,
- I am using 1″ schedule 80 PVC conduit.
- Do they make schedule 80 couplings(SxS) or can you use schedule 40 PVC fittings?
This electrical question came from: Phil, a Homeowner from Duvall, Washington.
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Thanks for your electrical question Phil.
PVC Conduit for Electrical Wiring
Phil, the couplings and fittings for schedule 40 and schedule 80 PVC are the same size, here’s why:
Differences Between Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 PVC Conduit
- The inside diameter is smaller with schedule 80 PVC because the wall of the conduit is thicker.
- The inside diameter of schedule 40 PVC conduit is larger because the wall of the conduit is thinner.
- The outside diameter of both SCH 40 and SCH 80 is the same.
Selecting the Right PVC Conduit for Electrical Wiring
- PVC Conduit for Electrical Wiring – (Poly Vinyl Chloride).
- PVC conduit is commonly used for underground electrical wiring.
- The gray color makes it easy to identify Electrical PVC Conduit.
- Schedule 40 PVC is the most commonly used for underground wiring.
- Schedule 80 PVC has a thicker wall to provide more protection to the electrical wire.
Schedule 80 PVC is commonly used in above ground applications where the conduit is vulnerable to damage.
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