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In a gas station, I may need to run wire, to the pump island canopy, through an explosion proof fitting. The fitting already has a few wires, a pull string and resin. Is there a way to to extract the resin without damaging the wires?

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I've heard it's possible, with great difficulty.

I tried once just for fun, with a connector in a vice. I managed to get most of the putty out, but damaged the wires and the connector. I suppose I may have been more successful if I was more careful.

I've heard you can do something with vinegar.
 

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I cut almost through the outside of the seal at two locations about 180° apart and use a cold chisel to split the seal fitting off, then you can carefully break the sealing compound off the wires. Of course you have to do some conduit rework and use an explosion proof union to put it back together, as well as disconnecting all of the field wires and pull them back to the seal fitting.

You may be able to chip the sealing compound out, but the chances of doing that without damaging the wires is remote.

In addition it is likely that there is a seal at the other end. If there are two seals it is likely cheaper to just cut them out wires and all, install new seals, and pull new wire.

Remember that the wire fill for a standard seal fitting is only 25%, not 40% like for the conduit.
 

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Don brings up an excellent point about the 25% fill, I hope you don't ignore it.

If I had to pull a circuit through an existing canopy conduit, I would figure on all new conductors. Chances of you breaking out the sealing compound w/out damage to the conductors is slim, and if you damage it where you can't see it, then a month from now you may be replacing it on your nickel.

I've used white distilled vinegar in a conduit overnight to help break conductors free. I don't think it will help on a properly poured seal.

I have been pretty successful on breaking out sealing compound from vertical seals, but I've found that the amount of time it takes to do it makes it sometimes more cost effective to just replace it. Depends on how much extra work you have to do to replace it.

You might get lucky and be going behind someone that made a shallow pour and mixed it with more water than called for and the sealing compound will break out pretty easy. If the person followed the directions, there is a good chance you may give up before you break out the existing sealing compound, and you will damage the existing conductors.
 
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I cut almost through the outside of the seal at two locations about 180° apart and use a cold chisel to split the seal fitting off, then you can carefully break the sealing compound off the wires. Of course you have to do some conduit rework and use an explosion proof union to put it back together, as well as disconnecting all of the field wires and pull them back to the seal fitting.

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Sometimes you can chip it out with a screwdriver but its risky. most of the sealoffs out there arent pored right so if you get lucky it will chip right out.
 
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