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Code Q&A: NEC Requirements for EMT Bends

May 25, 2023
Test your knowledge of the NEC.

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Q.  What is the maximum degrees of bends permitted for EMT in one run?

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A.  According to Sec. 358.26, the maximum degrees of bends permitted in one run is 360°.

To reduce the stress and friction on conductor insulation, the total bends (including offsets) between pull points cannot exceed 360°. 

Author’s Comment: There is no maximum distance between pull boxes because this is a design issue, not a safety issue.

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About the Author

Mike Holt

Mike Holt is the owner of Mike Holt Enterprises (www.MikeHolt.com), one of the largest electrical publishers in the United States. He earned a master's degree in the Business Administration Program (MBA) from the University of Miami. He earned his reputation as a National Electrical Code (NEC) expert by working his way up through the electrical trade. Formally a construction editor for two different trade publications, Mike started his career as an apprentice electrician and eventually became a master electrician, an electrical inspector, a contractor, and an educator. Mike has taught more than 1,000 classes on 30 different electrical-related subjects — ranging from alarm installations to exam preparation and voltage drop calculations. He continues to produce seminars, videos, books, and online training for the trade as well as contribute monthly Code content to EC&M magazine.

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