How to Remove Wire From Conduit


Conduit is metal or plastic tubing that protects electrical wiring. It may be cut and joined or bent as required to accommodate wiring projects. Wires that conduit encases connect to other wires through junction boxes or to appliances to which they carry power. Removal of wiring from conduit requires knowledge of the location of both ends of the wiring and extreme caution to protect yourself against the danger of electrical shock.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Voltmeter
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Turn off the power to the circuit serving the conduit from which you will be removing wiring. This can be done at the main circuit breaker. Locate the switch that controls the lighting or appliances to which the wiring leads. Turn the switch to the "Off" position.

  • Identify the ends of the wire run. This will be where each end of the wire terminates. You can do this by following the conduit.

  • Detatch the end of the wire. How this is done depends on where the wire terminates. If this is a junction box, for example, open the junction box and locate the ends of the wires you want to remove. Loosen the wire nuts or any other connections on the end of the wires. Test the wires with a voltmeter to ensure the power has been cut. Untwist the ends of the wires or make a cut with wire cutters.

  • Detach the other end of the wires. These may be connected to another junction box or an appliance, such as a dishwasher. Access the electrical panel where the wires are connected and remove the cover. Disconnect the wires from the terminals by turning the screws that secure them counterclockwise. Pull the wires off the terminals with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

  • Begin slowly pulling the wire from the conduit. Determine which end is easiest to remove first by gently tugging on the wire. Carefully pull the wire out of the conduit.

  • Continue pulling the wire out until the other end emerges from the conduit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use caution when working with electricity. If in doubt, call a professional.

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