I'm renting a vacation house on the Outer Banks of NC. It's one of those
stilt built houses.
I was looking at the service entrance and noticed 3 wires going into the
pipe. 2 are obviously power but the 3rd is clamped to the suspension cable
that carries the service wires from the pole to the house. I followed that
cable back to the pole and found that it was attached to a tap on the
transformer, as was the suspension cable from 2 other houses.
From that tap, it looked like that there was a fairly small wire that ran
to the same type of suspension cable which ran from pole to pole along the
At the house, there was no ground wire going into the ground like I'm used
to seeing, so I am assuming that they are using the suspension cable as the
Is this method used because the house is on stilts (i.e. in an area prone
to flooding) or is that just a different method of running the ground, a
method that could be used on any house, anywhere?