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Recently a friend and I have been doing some remodeling on my garage. We decided to hookup a 240 sub panel from the main house. We strung some jacketed #8 wire in conduit from the main panel to the new sub. There are three wires in the jacket: a white one, a black one and a bare copper one. The power is coming from the main panel from a two pole 50 amp breaker. We used the white and black wires as the two hots and lugged it to the two buses in the sub for 240v. It works but as I was drifting off to sleep just now I realized I don’t have a neutral wire in the Sub panel. Is this an accident waiting to happen? What should I do?
 

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You NEED to have a 4 wire feed for the sub panel, 2 hots 1 neutral and 1 ground. Is this in an attached building (garage) or a detached building (shed, workshop)? You need to have the neutral and ground seperated in the sub panel, not bonded together. you also need a ground rod as well if it is in a detached structure.

#8 needs to be breakered at 40AMPS as well.
 

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Wow. I'd get a few good books on home wiring and get the rudimentary basics down before doing ANY more electrical work.
This is NO place to fool around of you don't know what you are doing.
 

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You have a 240 volt service to your garage. Only 240 volt devices can be used. If you want to use 120 volts then you need run a neutral or move the white wire from the breaker to the neutral bus in your main panel and conenct to the neutral bus on the garage. Then you won't have any 240 volts only 120 volts available.
 
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