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Precautions for Outdoor Use of Flexible Metal Conduit

Jan. 04, 2023

Flexible metal conduit is a type of electrical conduit that is made from a flexible metal material and is used to protect and route electrical wires and cables. While it is durable and can withstand harsh environments, there are several precautions that should be taken when using flexible metal conduit outdoors to ensure the safety of the electrical system and the people using it.

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One important precaution to consider when using flexible metal conduit outdoors is the risk of water damage. In this case it is recommended that you choose our waterproof metal conduit. Because water can enter the conduit and cause corrosion of the metal, which can lead to electrical shorts and other issues. If you do not choose waterproof metal conduit, to prevent water damage, it is important to ensure that the conduit is properly sealed and that any openings or joints are sealed with waterproofing materials.

Another precaution to consider is the risk of physical damage to the conduit. Flexible metal conduit is durable, but it can be damaged if it is subjected to excessive force or impact. To prevent physical damage, it is important to properly support the conduit and ensure that it is not subjected to any heavy loads or impact.

In addition to these considerations, it is also important to ensure that the flexible metal conduit is properly grounded and bonded to the electrical system. This helps to protect against electrical shocks and other hazards, and it is particularly important in outdoor environments where lightning and other electrical hazards may be present.

Finally, it is important to follow all relevant codes and regulations when installing and using flexible metal conduit outdoors. This includes ensuring that the conduit is rated for outdoor use, that it is properly sized and installed according to code, and that it is properly marked and labeled.

By following these precautions, you can help to ensure the safe and effective use of flexible metal conduit in outdoor environments.

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