I'm starting to run power in my new shop and I thought I'd ask if anyone has
a 1/2" thin wall conduit bender that they aren't using anymore and would
like to sell. If you have one, please reply or send me an email.
Thanks for the suggestions. The closest Lowes is about 50 miles away and
the local HD only stocks those bright colored plastic coated benders that
cost about $40 - gads I hate those things. I didn't check at Ace though -
didn't even think about it. I will do it this morning.
Is this a comercial or home shop? At least in my area, a home shop does
not require conduit/EMT on wiring at or above five feet above the
floor. All my shop wiring and outlets conform to that and I have yet to
see a damaged wire. Commercial requirements may well be different.
It's my home shop. I thought that conduit isn't all that much more
expensive than romex and I like it better. I had some people suggest that I
get 3/4" conduit instead on 1/2" - it's easier to run more wires that way.
This shop building is certainly a slow process and after that, it's fixing
my old machinery.
The small size benders aren't expensive, check around. And you only
need a bender head, the handle will take any old piece of 3/4"
threaded pipe you have lying around. The larger benders for 1", 1
1/4", 1 1/2" are where they get really expensive .
Check into using BX cable for your garage - like Romex but armored
so it can be used in exposed areas. The special hand-crank BX cutter
tool will run you $25, but lasts for years with an occasional $4
circular hacksaw blade.
I like it for adding stuff in garages, because you connect one end
to the first box, route it, secure it, connect the other end, hook up
the wires, Done. And it meets code everywhere I know of - exposed
Romex in a garage is a no-no.
Only bad part is it's a fixed-count product like Romex, if you
don't plan ahead well enough and close up the walls, there's no adding
another wire or two later for that switch or device you forgot.
And by all means pull through a nylon string to leave in so a fish tape
isn't needed when you want to feed that one more line.
Each time you use the string to pull a wire through, pull another to
Martin [used them many a time ]