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    messenger wire as grounding conductor

    I believe I recieved my answer from another topic. Just to make sure however... I am running an overhead feeder to a detached garage from the main panel. I'm setting a 240/120 subpanel at garage. So the overhead feeder must be two phases conductors, a grounded neutral, and a grounding conductor. Right? Can the messenger wire be used as the grounding conductor?

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    Re: messenger wire as grounding conductor

    I thought it would be easier than this. I guess that's why you're asking.

    First the messenger will have to be acceptable under 250.118 if it's also the EGC.

    396.2 is a definition but it also looks like a requiremet.

    The only thing I'm sure of is that you can use "factory-assembled arial cable".
    Sam, San Francisco Bay Area

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    Re: messenger wire as grounding conductor

    The simple answer to your question is yes.
    Charlie Eldridge, Indianapolis, Utility Power Guy
    Responses based on the 2011 NEC, unless stated otherwise.

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    Re: messenger wire as grounding conductor

    I thought it might be.
    Sam, San Francisco Bay Area

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