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What are the advantages, disadvantages and applications of electrical conduits?

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What are the advantages, disadvantages and applications of electrical conduits?

Electrical conduit definition is, it is  a durable tube or enclosure where electrical wires are enclosed for protection from damage. Sometimes, these are also called wire ways or raceways. Electrical conduit is very essential where the electric wiring is exposed so that it protects the wires & individuals who may approach near the electric wires. The material used to make this conduit is plastic or metal and may be bendable or stiff.


Advantages

The advantages of electric conduit include the following.


· These wiring systems are waterproof.

· Its appearance is good.

· Long life.

· Alternation is achievable.

· It is consistent.

· It is a strong & very famous system.

· PVC type’s conduits are highly resistant to corrosion.

· There is no possibility for fire.

· Protection from electric shock.

· Easy maintenance.

· When cables are damaged, we can replace them easily.

· It provides protection from chemicals, moisture, etc.


Disadvantages

The disadvantages of electric conduit include the following.


· Installation is not easy.

· Very difficult to find the fault.

· Expensive.

· Takes more time while installation.

· Electric shock risk.

· Maintaining extra connections is complicated in the future.

· As compared to the concealed system, this wiring system beauty is less.

· Mechanical damage is possible in PVC plastic conduits.


Applications

The applications of electric conduit include the following.


· Electrical conduit is available in different types and styles which are used to run electrical wiring around your home or exposed areas like a garage, basement, laundry areas, barn, etc.

· Electrical metal conduit (EMC) is used in commercial, industrial & residential constructions

The flexible metal conduit (FMC) is used to connect lighting fixtures and on top of suspended ceilings.

· A rigid metal conduit (RMC) is mainly used in outdoor applications for providing structural support mainly for electrical cables.

· Intermediate metal conduit (IMC) is mainly used for strong connections & outdoor exposures.

IMCs can be used as an equipment grounding conductor through their fittings.

· Liquid-tight flexible metal conduit (LTFMC) is mainly used for connecting outside AC equipment or & also disposals in kitchen sinks. In residence, its usage is quite restricted.

· Rigid polyvinyl chloride (RPC) is mainly used in wet areas & they have good resistance to highly acidic chemicals.

· RPC is completely waterproof, so perfect for wet locations in commercial and industrial buildings.


From the above information, finally, we can conclude that electrical conduits are very essential for protecting the wiring system in homes, buildings, commercial buildings from moisture, dust, chemical vapors, impact, etc.

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