In Part 1, we began planning this job, but we're not done yet. There's more planning to do. Do you have the proper tools and fixtures to work with PVC-coated conduit? If not, you may be replacing it yet again before the end of the year.

The tools you need include:

  • Pipe stand with jaws suitable for clamping PVC.
  • Hacksaw and ample supply of new blades (you can use a roller cutter, but it's tricky to hold the PVC properly).
  • Conduit threading die suitable for PVC (a standard die won't work).
  • Degreasing spray (e.g., TCE 1,1,1 or equivalent) for cleaning the PVC after cutting.
  • PVC touchup compound.
  • PVC-bending shoe(s) for your conduit bender. Remember, the PVC is a coating over the standard trade size conduit, so the PVC-coated conduit is thicker than the trade size would indicate. If you don't have a shoe designed for PVC, consult the bender's manufacturer about the possibility of using the standard shoe in the next trade size up.
  • Fine-toothed wrenches and pliers made especially for PVC conduit. If you don't have these on hand, the crew will have to wrestle with strap wrenches or just not do the job until obtaining the proper tools.
If all of this sounds like too much hassle, there is an alternative. Contact your electrical distributor about locating an electrical firm that has staff certified as PVC-coated conduit installers (PVC-coated conduit manufacturers offer formal training).