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  •  Um, a metal pipe (2+ / 0-)
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    The wires are all in one metal pipe.  I have metal pipes that run across my attic distributing wires to various rooms.  Under the house, I have metal pipes loaded with wires for my kitchen and basement.  

    •  That is interesting. I wonder why they (2+ / 0-)
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      rincewind, Leo in NJ

      did that.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill

      by Spud1 on Sat Oct 27, 2007 at 09:33:26 AM PDT

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      •  All the houses (2+ / 0-)
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        Around here built before 1940 are like that.  From what I was told, most people keep the wires in the pipes even when they switch out to newer wiring.  My contractor said it was only a PITA when he put in the new wall switch because he had to cut into the pipe to pull the new wires through.  The only place there isn't a pipe is over my breakfast nook.  The pipe is on top of the interior wall between the nook and the living room and it runs the length of the house, with pipes running off the side to feed to other rooms. He said the pipe goes to the front door, but it looks like the wires were too long, so instead of cutting them to length, they pulled them and tied them in a knot.  When he went to install my new dining room light, it was a ball of wires wrapped in masking tape.   He said they were smoking and giving off sparks when he moved them. He spent 4 hours untangling the wires and marking them off.  We couldn't afford to have him replace them at the time, so whatever looked frayed, he said he cut them down and bridged (spliced?) them with new wire.

        •  It's a PITA to run wiring in conduit, which is (3+ / 0-)
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          rincewind, Bronx59, Leo in NJ

          why it is only done for specific reasons (like burying it underground). It's typically PVC now, as plastic hadn't been invented yet when your place was built.

          It's always good to hear about h ow things are done elsewhere in the country, and around the world.

          "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill

          by Spud1 on Sat Oct 27, 2007 at 10:02:55 AM PDT

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