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post #1 of 18 Old 06-02-2008, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Help: Hot wire fencing...

Uh I don't know if this is the right place to post this, I couldnt find a fencing or barn place to post.

SO, Im using a small fence charger to fence off my gardens.
I have it grounded. I set it up like its suppose to be. It came with some wire but I had to use some extra that I got at the feed store the guage is 10, which the label says between 20-9.

Its pluged into my kitchen and the wire is going out a window. But the little light isnt on and I never got shocked, as that is the best way to test it ;P

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-02-2008, 10:41 PM
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I think the light should be on. If its not touching anything that could ground it out, its grounded properly and has power going to it, my guess would be there is something wrong with your charger. I know mine all have a little light that is on when the power is on whether its sending a charge to the fence or not.
They make a fence tester its just a little gauge thing. I don't have one too cheap I guess. I always just grab the fence.


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post #3 of 18 Old 06-03-2008, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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ok so if its grounded, but yet its touching something it wont work? Or if its grounded correctly and its touching something it dosent matter?

K so the wire could be touching the window pane. Or its not grounded properly. Hmmmm k well its still light out. Im going to go look.

Oh yah I know they make those tester things my BO has one but I don't want to go pay for one when my hand,arm..the whole half of my body works so great :P

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post #4 of 18 Old 06-03-2008, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Alright! I got the light to go on and its blinking, not sure if its a good sing or not. But its a step. My dog hit the fence twice and didnt get shocked... So I just don't know. This isnt suppose to be so complicated!

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post #5 of 18 Old 06-03-2008, 02:00 AM
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If your light is blinking on it then it should be grounded and tecnially working now, altho there may be a problem with the actual tape/wire.

You said you had to use some extra wire ...so does this mean you just tied the two together? If so depending on how you did this it can effect the rest of the fence working as the knot is breaking the current, however I can't give you a correct way of tieing it as it would vary every time, lol so you would just have to figure it out with trial and error :roll: .

If that is not the case then look at each end of your fence, how are they attached to whatever is holding the wire up. It should be to plastic , either handles, or other litte plastic hook thingys so it doesnt get earthed out. Even if you just tied it to wood , the wood will earth it out aswell, so it needs to be plastic.

And if you want a little tester...mack shift one I mean. Get a bit of plastic , tie a small peice of wire to it, then you hold the plastic and put the wire on the fence, if it clicks then the fence is going, if not ...well then you have a problem still.

Aslso schek a few different spots along the fence, not just one spot once.
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K so I didnt "tie" the wires together more like rapped the two ends together if that really explains it? And yes the wire is well more like threaded through poles that came with the charger.

I will make that make shift tester and try out in different spots...

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post #7 of 18 Old 06-03-2008, 04:43 AM
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good lord im sorry for all my spelling errors and such
Surprized you even made sence of what I said...sheesh I should have spell checked that before posting

Any way.....
Do you have a pic of your set up? Somthing aint working, might be easier if we can view it.

Hmm if by wraping it around is how I think you mean it , then that is possibly one problem, maby try tiying it? See if that makes a difference.
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Are you using an insulated wire going out the window? I always use insulated wire if I have to go some distance to get where I want the wire hot. That way you don't have to worry about it touching anything. All parts of the wire should be only touching plastic or porceline stuff. If its touching wood or metal or grass it will ground out or send the current down into the ground and not continue the flow of elect. Down the rest of the fence. Does that make sense?


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post #9 of 18 Old 06-03-2008, 12:18 PM
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I don't know if dogs are sensitive to that or not... should be I'd think, but I dunno.. if *you* want to test it, go barefoot. Any rubber between you and the ground will negate the effect. I actually work with the fence live a lot because I'm too lazy to go turn it off all the way across the paddock!
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From personal experience I can testify that Dogs, cats, kids, adults and yes horses have all been zapped on our fencing..... I have been zapped wearing rubber soled shoes!

I had the same problem other than running the wire inside...we have ours outside using extension cords... Yeah.. I know... not the best but it works.

Anywho... I have 2 lines run for the "hot" wire. The hot wires have to be connected to each other and not touching anything else. The first line runs from the terminal to the handle for the gate which is a hook with an insulated handle that connects to a porcaline(sp?) wire holder thingy. ( I found the porcaline thing in the old barn.. its an old wire holer for electrical poles and has a screw out the bottom of it ) The second wire runs from the 1st fence post with a plastic holder to the last post before the gate and then I have a wire to "jump" the 2 hots together.

The ground is only a ground... not touching anything but the ground pole and the terminal.

Hope this helps...Good luck!

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