Items in red color must be provided. Items in blue color are calculated. The top half of the calculator is for line voltage conductors while the bottom half is for low voltage and fiber optic cables. If you are doing line voltage, enter the total number of conductors of this size and insulation starting in cell B4.
In cell C4, choose the conductor size from the drop down list.
If you are doing low voltage or fiber optics, enter the total number of cables of this type starting in cell B11. In cell C11, choose the cable type from the drop down list. Only a certain number of cable types are listed. Low voltage cables are in the format of (AWG)/(# of conductors). Their sizes are based on some typical industry sizes for stranded multi-conductor cables with shielding and a PVC jacket. Fiber optic cables are in shown as the number of fiber strands followed by an “f”. Their sizes are based on Beldon riser or plenum series – whichever was larger for that number of fibers.
You may wish to replace the values in the tables with areas of cabling you work with the most. Keep in mind that NEC 800.110 Exception states that conduit fill rules don’t apply to communications wiring. Use this calculator as a general guide only.
Finally, choose the conduit type from the drop down list. An explanation of the acronyms is listed to the right of the calculation box. If “N/A” appears in the Minimum Conduit Size in calculated cell E15, that means that that type of conduit is not manufactured large enough to legally contain the set of conductors that you have designated.
The figures in the tables were taken from the tables found in the 2002 NEC.
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