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post #11 of 24 Old 05-23-2012, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wait a moment ... the charger is putting out voltage? That isn't what I was getting from your description.
Sorry, yes it was. No it wasn't earlier. Now it isn't again. I have no clue why it started charging, but still nothing on the dang fence. I'm grabbing it by hand, barfooted to see if I can get anything. Still nothing down the fence line, and I am not even sure the charger is charging now. Something is lose or shorting out. No clue which.

The last reading I got was 1200 and it is supposed to be hitting 2600. I broke the **** probe when I sat on it earlier. GREAT!!

Zareba says send the charger in, it's covered under warranty. Which means if I do I have to go buy another charger til this one is fixed, which can take up to 28 days. Then I am left with an extra. So, I'm trying to figure out what is wrong and fix it myself before I cuss the maker and go buy another one anyways.

GAH I am beginning to hate electric fences. Used to be the only fencing I'd use. If butt face din't lean all over the fence and run it down I'd be fine. But noooo he has to have the grass on the OTHER side of the fence and lean alll over it in the process. I am done with it for today. If I go mess with it some more and can't fix it, I am ready to "fix" it permanently with a dang hammer.

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post #12 of 24 Old 05-23-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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If you have porcelain conductors on your fence corners, check those. The last crew we had work fence here used those on every corner. We had a lightening strike somewhere close and lost conductivity over 3 of them. Not a mark on them but they weren't working. Fencing isn't my first love and it took me all day to figure it out.
Thanks for the idea, but I have the plastic ones-corner and posts. We went the porcelain route the first time. DH kept tightening them down to tight and cracking them. So I went and bought the plastic ones.

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Ok I ran a stretch of fence about 25 ft long. Totally seperate from everything else. I hooked it up using new screw clamps and got enough charge to feel, but not actually shock. Then I hooked the wire to the charger using a jumper wire wrapped around the stud and the fence wire nothing that way. Next stop is run the wire straight to the charger stud, wrap it around a plastic insulator nailed to the fence post for a little tension, and hook it again. If it doesn't have any bite then, scrap the charger?

I am at a loss now. I am stumped until I go get another tester or keep grabbing it by hand. TSC is almost 45 minutes away and none of the small town hardwares carry the digital tester.This is ridiculous.

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post #14 of 24 Old 05-24-2012, 08:08 AM
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Sounds like a bad charger. If you get to a point where you are going to blow your brains out over your electric fencing, it may be time to chuck the Zareba and just start over, restring your hot wire with a new charger. I've had problems with the Zareba solars--might be just me.
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Am I right that you put the tester to the charger with the fence wire removed? If you get a good result there, then the fence is the problem. With all the trouble you are having with the Zareba I shall make note to never buy one. Does your fence form a loop going back to the charger? This has to happen with a single wire. Even your test wire has to form a loop.
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Ok I ran a stretch of fence about 25 ft long. Totally seperate from everything else. I hooked it up using new screw clamps and got enough charge to feel, but not actually shock. Then I hooked the wire to the charger using a jumper wire wrapped around the stud and the fence wire nothing that way. Next stop is run the wire straight to the charger stud, wrap it around a plastic insulator nailed to the fence post for a little tension, and hook it again. If it doesn't have any bite then, scrap the charger?

I am at a loss now. I am stumped until I go get another tester or keep grabbing it by hand. TSC is almost 45 minutes away and none of the small town hardwares carry the digital tester.This is ridiculous.
Sounds like yours is doing what ours did a few months ago.... There was enough of a charge to feel a tingle right off the charger, but not enough to charge the fence. I wound up having to replace mine.
I hate fixing the electric fence, I get zapped every time I mess with it....
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Does the mfg have a tech support number?

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Sounds like a bad charger. If you get to a point where you are going to blow your brains out over your electric fencing, it may be time to chuck the Zareba and just start over, restring your hot wire with a new charger. I've had problems with the Zareba solars--might be just me.

I absolutely hate this charger. It's our second one and they are going bad every 3 to 4 months...WTH

Yes I am going to get a new charger, hopefully later today. I rechecked with a borrowed tester. The output is less than 1000 volts now and it sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.

As for the Zareba, NEVER again. I know TSC pushes the brand but even if I have to pay twice their price, it'll be worth it for one that doesn't die in a couple months!!

I am just glad the electric is not our only fencing, or that Rascal wasn't out in the temporary fencing when it went phhhhhttttt. Flipping accident waiting to happen with these.

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Zareba was very helpful on their live chat again I can send the charger to Knoxville and have it fixed, sometime in the next month. I was informed that, YES, bugs can cause the charger to short out entirely.

So, I am off to buy a new charger. Hopefully one that is actually safe for an outdoor installation since this one is not. Not even in a sealed box, because of the air circulation holes I drilled in the bottom of the box.

Who knew ants were more powerful than an electric fence charger? You'd think the little &*$^#(! Wouldn't cause me anymore problems than they already do in the pasture.

If you have an electric fence charger, seal it against bugs. They can evidently fry one and cause it to work weird, intermittently, or not at all. I have a headache now.

iridehorses- Yes, but the live chat was quicker and easier for me.

Adam- I'd rather be zapped than keep replacing the fence Rascal leans on and runs down LOL

Saddlebag- No juice at all now. And this is an open ended system. No loop required. It's made to dead end. Or so Zareba claims. I can't find a closed system charger anymore around here. They are all designed to dead end now it looks like.

Rancher- It's not just you. This is my 3rd and last Zareba. I am sending this one back to be fixed, but buying another brand in the mean time. When this one comes back, since they are basically useless to me, I am going to use it for target practice when we go target shooting next time.

I wouldn't be so dang mad but now I have run down fence to fix/replace and the woven wire horse fence ain't cheap. Hubby will want to replace the whole back section because it "looks bad" no matter if I can actually fix it back on the posts or not. Fence replacement is my expense. My horse, my problem. *sigh* anyone got one of the old chargers they wanna part with? You know, those that will light you up if you brush against one.

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Parker Mcrory out of Kansas City makes some real good ones for all applications.

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