September 18, 2016

Testing your electric fence ground rods| Gallagher Electric Fencing

Here's something that's critical for a properly working electric fence - testing your ground rods. You'll need an electric fence voltmeter and placing it as you see in the diagram, it should read 300 volts or less. Zero volts would be ideal. Start with the recommended number of ground rods for your unit and keep adding ground rods until you get 300 volts or less. The amount of rods you will need depends upon your soil: is it wet or dry? rocky?
If you have insufficient ground rods it could cause your energizer to stop working and need repair.
If you've been operating with not enough ground rods, if the add ground rods to get to the proper amount, your fence voltage will come up making your fence more effective.
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Vaneeta said:

I only have one 4’ of rebar pounded in the ground and the ground wire hooked to it. I have cut all the weeds, tree limbs that could be touching the wire and I still don’t have much of a shock.


Vaneeta said:

Is there a little 6V battery inside the charger that I need to replace? If so could that be the reason for a low shock?
When I first hooked it up I touched something and got a blast shock off of it. but now my horse leans on it with no problem.

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