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[Cob] can bamboo be used as wiring conduit ?billc_lists at greenbuilder.com billc_lists at greenbuilder.com
Sat Feb 14 21:49:29 PST 2004
At 2:47 AM -0500 2/13/04, Mike Swink wrote: >can bamboo be used as wiring conduit ? Interesting idea. For code reasons I don't think you could run loose wire through it - there'd be too much chance of nicking the insulation and compromising the integrity of the wire as it passed through the joints in the bamboo. Unless of course you figured out some way to insure that the removal of those joints left a very smooth surface. Ramming a piece of rebar (a common way of turning bamboo into pipe) certainly wouldn't be smooth enough. I don't know if it would be worth the trouble to use bamboo conduit to run underground cable through a cob wall... If you anticipate replacing/upgrading/adding to the wiring at some later date, then it would likely be worth it, but for most applications you just run the wire once and leave it for decades. It might also be a bit tricky to do tight bends and to terminate into a box. And it might also be tricky to join two or more pieces well enough to get a long enough run to do what you need without leaving a lip or notch to catch on when you try to pull the wire. And that's one thing you definitely want to avoid (having pulled many miles of cable myself). Short straight runs sounds like the ticket if you're thinking about something like this. -- Bill Christensen http://greenbuilder.com/contact/ Green Building Professionals Directory: http://directory.greenbuilder.com Sustainable Building Calendar: http://www.greenbuilder.com/calendar/ Green Real Estate: http://www.greenbuilder.com/realestate/ Straw Bale Registry: http://sbregistry.greenbuilder.com/ Books/videos/software: http://bookstore.greenbuilder.com/
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