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Im wireing my detached garage and ran 2-2-2-4 alum wire 120ft in conduit. Im at the stage of hooking it up in the 100amp box. I found the black- white- ground but no where to hook up the neutral. Any answers
 

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I'm not sure I entirely understand your situation; a picture might help.

If this is a subpanel, neutral connects to the neutral bar, which must not be bonded to the metal box. Ground goes to a ground bar you will probably have to purchase separately and screw into the panel.
 

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Im wireing my detached garage and ran 2-2-2-4 alum wire 120ft in conduit. Im at the stage of hooking it up in the 100amp box. I found the black- white- ground but no where to hook up the neutral. Any answers
What type of wire was this? Type SE-R, or URD?

There should be a black, red stripe, white stripe, and green stripe conductors if you used type URD cable. The black and red connect to the two line terminals in your sub-panel. The white connects to the neutral bar, and the green to the grounding bar.

There should also be a grounding electrode conductor on the ground bar as well.
 

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Im wireing my detached garage and ran 2-2-2-4 alum wire 120ft in conduit. Im at the stage of hooking it up in the 100amp box. I found the black- white- ground but no where to hook up the neutral. Any answers
If you have a black wire with a white tracer, it is the neutral.
Also, in addition to the other postings, what size breaker are you connection to in the main panel?
 

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Thanks for all the help. My breaker is 100 amp 8 circuit square d box. And the wire has black white green and black with a gray stripe. Which i know is the neutral. So your saying that this gets hooked to a non metal surface in the box?. Ill take another look and see what i can find.
 

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I smell smoke. :whistling2:
 

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Ok, this sounds a lot like part of my project but I'm using an 8 space load panel where I'm using a 20 space panel... And using smaller cable, I'll get to that.

First of all, it looks like you've probably got Square D Homeline? Just wanted to check because they have 2 lines, one is Homeline and the other is QO. I'm using a Homeline panel so if that's what you have then I can refer to my own stuff. Also, I saw they have 8 space main lug and main breaker, this needs to be main breaker so you have a main shutoff in the garage.

Your original question is a little unclear if you're asking about the connections at the house end or the garage end, it sounds like you are asking about the garage end, but it also sounds like you need guidance for both ends.

First, it sounds to me like you have black and black with gray stripe which should be your two hot conductors. White should be neutral. Green should be ground.

On the top of the main breaker there are lugs for each hot on the outside. In the center is the lug for attaching the white neutral wire. 2 bus bars should be near the sides of the panel and one should have a lug on it for attaching your ground.

http://static.schneider-electric.us/docs/Electrical%20Distribution/Load%20Centers/Homeline%20Single%20Phase%20Load%20Centers/1170BR9601R1003.pdf

On the other end of your cable in the house, your green ground again attaches to the ground bus bar and the white attaches to the neutral bus bar. You might have to get larger lugs that attach to the bus bar because 2 gage might be too big for the screws in the bus bar. Your black and black with gray stripe hots go into the 2-pole breaker on your panel.

2 gage aluminum is not big enough for 100 amps. You can use the 100 amp panel, but the breaker in your house will have to be 90 amps or smaller. At 120 feet you might have voltage drop issues which might require the breaker to be smaller, my garage is only 30 feet from the house and I don't have to factor that in... Somebody else would have to speak to that. Table 310.16 applies and your probably going to need the 75 degree column...

I'm assuming you have a permit and there will be inspection, folks tend to be more comfortable answering questions when that is acknowledged.
 
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