A underground pet containment fence is a very simple system that is made up of boundary formed by splitting wires. A transmitter passes an electrical signal through the wires, and if a unit on the pet’s collar comes close to the boundary, the signal causes the collar to emit an audible signal and a mild electrical shock that discourage the pet from crossing the boundary. The systems are relatively simple to install, however do-it-yourself contractors often have questions regarding the systems’ safety and function.

Where should the transmitter be set up?

The transmitter box ought to be set up in an indoor location in which it will be protected from weather, moisture and freezing temperatures. The transmitter requires access to a supply of power, so the very best installation locations are near a properly grounded electrical socket. Because the system’s underground wires will connect directly to the transmitter, a location that’s on an exterior wall having an simple access to the lawn is perfect; garages, crawlspaces and garden sheds are common transmitter locations. Transmitters are sensitive to electrical interference, so that they should not be installed near appliances that generate electrical fields.

How deep should the wires be splitting?

The system’s buried wires must be close to the surface of the yard in order to efficiently transmit a signal to the collar unit. Generally, the wires should be buried in a trench that’s between 1 and 3 inches deep; burying the wires in this thickness allows decent transmission of the signal, while protecting the wire from damage from lawn mowers and other activity on the yard.

Is the program safe during lightning storms or moist weather?

Some fence systems integrate surge protectors in the transmitter, on the external wires, or both in order to prevent harm to the system from lightning strikes or power surges. It is essential that the transmitter be grounded according to the manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the risk of system damage or electrical shock in the event of a lightning strike, power surge, short circuit or other electrical fault.

How can the fence cross driveways or sidewalks?

After the wire must cross a paved surface like a sidewalk or driveway, it must be run beneath the pavement or run through a trench cut into the pavement. Placing a trench in the pavement is the simpler alternative; a half-inch-deep groove cut having a masonry-blade-equipped circular saw is generally sufficient to conceal the wire. After the wire is laid in the groove, the groove may be full of a concrete sealant.

Will the system function in case of a power failure?

The system requires power to operate, so an interruption to its power supply will cause a loss of work. Some systems may be equipped with an optional battery-powered auxiliary power supply that will allow the system to keep working in case of the failure of their household power supply.

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