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Service entrance 1 1/4" rigid conduit. I planned to cut the conduit closer to the brick and use a compression connector, coupling, and rigid offset to try and close the gap. I don't have access to any bending tools of this size. I'd like this to look as clean as possible.

Apparently the original siding block was built out 5 or 6" to meet the meter as it stands. Do I just build the meter backer board out to meet the offset and call it a day?

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When I first started out in business I had a partner at first who had more experience in the trade than I had and we ran into a situation where we needed to offset a 2" GRC for a mast riser. But back then I had no tooling for bending rigid steel conduits of that size . His suggestion was this: We fill the pipe with some sand right off the beach at Pipeline, and seal up the ends and then use a cutting torch to heat up the conduit and bend it like PVC , and viola' it works, but that was the only time I ever tried that one. You make the pipe glow cherry red and it gets soft. Work the length just like it was a pvc pipe you were bending using a propane torch with a cherry stone head attachment. After bending pour a bucket of water on it and let it cool down for a good while. Oh, and wear welders gloves.
Heating up galvanized conduit hot enough to bend can be very hazardous to your health.


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To follow up on this, I had to abandon the run below grade. I couldn't even winch the wire out and had extra manpower on this job to help, too. Ultimately I asked my AHJ how he wanted it done, and he suggested SER strapped overhead with disconnecting means just inside the garage. Can't argue with the guy who says pass or fail. I hit the SH and got the power back on by 4.

I will also give credit where it is due, and thank Local 41 for making me a threaded offset for this job. I couldn't use it, but it would have been a perfect fit.

Lesson learned: I will no longer attempt to reuse conduit. I think I've just been lucky in the past, but one bad run is enough for me.
 

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underground conduit that has been there for a while has mud or dried mud inside, depending on time of year
just getting the wire out is a serious job, if it doesnt break the wire
pulling new wire in can be as bad or much worse, getting the mud out is nearly impossible, even if you get the wire out
always a Bad idea to reuse conduit
the best option is a jbox and polaris style splices if the wire needs to be longer
 

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You bring up a great point. The job I reused conduit, it was encased in concrete. Conduit fill was at maximum for the job and was difficult to pull, but it was clean inside and I got the job done. I posted about it a while back.


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i heard a story, probably on here
a crew was going to re-use a really old rigid conduit that had really old mineral insulated wire in it
(existing public parking garage)
the wire would break without moving
finally some body went and got the oldest guy in the shop and brought him out
he poured a cpl liters of coca cola down it and said "it will be ready to pull in the morning"
sure enough it did
 

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i heard a story, probably on here
a crew was going to re-use a really old rigid conduit that had really old mineral insulated wire in it
(existing public parking garage)
the wire would break without moving
finally some body went and got the oldest guy in the shop and brought him out
he poured a cpl liters of coca cola down it and said "it will be ready to pull in the morning"
sure enough it did
I guess the idea there is that the soda is acidic enough to break things down better than plain water, but not so acidic that it corrodes the conduit. I think vinegar is mentioned for this too, I'd probably try vinegar over soda pop, less stick mess to deal with.

If it's hardened lubricant, blowing a hair dryer or heat gun through the conduit might work, you heat it up just a little and the wax will soften and might be enough you can get it moving.
 
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