electrical metallic tubing [EMT]

In by Mark Goodman

Electrical pipe, also called thin-wall conduit, that may be used for both concealed and exposed areas. It is the most common type of raceway used in single-family and low-rise residential and commercial buildings.

electrical metallic tubing (Wikipedia)
This illustration shows electrical conduit risers, looking up inside a fire-resistance rated shaft, as seen entering bottom of a firestop. The firestop is made of firestop mortar on top and mineral wool on the bottom. Raceways are used to protect electrical cables from damage.
Conduit embedded in concrete structure for distribution of electrical cables throughout this highrise apartment building
Electrical conduit and bus duct in a building at Texaco Nanticoke refinery in

An electrical conduit is a tube used to protect and route electrical wiring in a building or structure. Electrical conduit may be made of metal, plastic, fiber, or fired clay. Most conduit is rigid, but flexible conduit is used for some purposes.

Conduit is generally installed by electricians at the site of installation of electrical equipment. Its use, form, and installation details are often specified by wiring regulations, such as the US National Electrical Code (NEC) and other building codes.

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