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Old 11-21-2017, 02:05 PM
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Armoured Electrical Cable Question

I'm looking for some info on AC90 Cable. (aluminum armored with an insulated black and white conductor as well as a bare copper ground conductor.)

Is this bare ground conductor to be connected to a receptacle?

In reading online I see a lot of the old AC cable or "BX" cable had a thin aluminum bonding strip that was to be bent back around the armor.

Home depot only sells the one type its called AC90, just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing with the copper ground conductor. Do I terminate it or do i bend it back around the armor?

I'm thinking it's meant to be terminated on each end on bus bar / receptacle.

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Connect the ground wire to the box and to the ground screw on the receptacle.
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With conduit the conduit can act as the ground. But BX the ground wire has to be used.
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Since you're asking a pretty basic question, I'd honestly let a professional do this. If you're not sure about where to connect a ground wire, this job is not for you...no matter what kind of wire type it is.

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If you don’t use the correct mounting clips and the small red insulators, it wouldn’t be to code either. What is it you plan to wire? I did my entire shop in bx, it’s still called that by most guys, and the old wire with the aluminum strip isn’t sold anymore and shouldn’t be used anyway.
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Thanks guys, I understand I need to use properly sized connectors and the anti-short bushings.

I assumed the ground needed to be connected, but got some bad info from a friend who was thinking about the old style bx with the aluminum bonding strip that doesn’t get connected and the sheath is used as the equipment ground, vs the new style with the copper ground that does get connected.
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