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Could I use ½ or ¾ inch square metal tube laid in a notched channel in the flooring to run electrical from a circuit in the wall? It would be ridged enough to hold up especially supported by flooring. It is thicker than electrical conduit. It appears code allows conduit for exposed runs but I didn’t see limitations to elevation or flooring. My other issue is once I get it to the bar or wall, do I need to continue sheathing to receptacle or junction box? Here is a link to what I am referring to.

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While that may work the old fashion way is to dig a trench in the concrete and bring the wire from the wall up inside the bar. I rented a mini jackhammer for a 1/2 day an did that for my back bar.
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Could I use ½ or ¾ inch square metal tube laid in a notched channel in the flooring to run electrical from a circuit in the wall? It would be ridged enough to hold up especially supported by flooring. It is thicker than electrical conduit. It appears code allows conduit for exposed runs but I didn’t see limitations to elevation or flooring. My other issue is once I get it to the bar or wall, do I need to continue sheathing to receptacle or junction box? Here is a link to what I am referring to.

It would be harder to get a perfectly shaped trench at the exact depth you need for your idea than just jacking out a small trench in the concrete, adding PLASTIC conduit and then backfilling the void with fresh concrete (don't forget the acrylic concrete patch binder along the edges of your trench before you pour). At the end of the underground conduit you would have a smooth radius 90 degree tube sticking up and out of the concrete where you need it. From there you can simply attach the romex wiring to your bar studding and run through the cabinetry, code permitting. If it is exposed there is some lightweight electric blue corrugated conduit that is used as a sheathing for the electrical wires. If code requires this in your area, just make sure you get the correct transition pieces to come out of the ground, through the elbow and have your corrugated conduit attached securely to the end of the elbow. If you go to the electrical section and start looking at all the pipes and fittings for this project you will see exactly what I mean.
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If jack hammering a floor isnt for you, perhaps putting the bar on a small riser to provide you elevation over the front row of seats, then you could run your electrical through there. Ceiling height permitting.
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Thanks for the ideas and opinions. Since it is going to be under carpet, I think I am going to do the square conduit...less mess and less commitment to location. I will let you know how it goes and follow up with picks when I get there.
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