When your invisible dog fence is not working, the most likely cause is a broken wire. Before you assume that to be the problem, do a quick check with a short piece of wire to assure the problem isn’t an actual terminal malfunction. If the terminals work, you know for a fact there’s a broken wire. Obviously you don’t want to simply start digging up the entire wire, so there are a few steps to narrow down your search.
- Start by visually inspecting the ground along the path of the wire. You may find damage from recent digging or yard work, or perhaps a rodent hole which could indicate where the wire is broken.
- If no obvious damage is visible in your lawn, locate the splices in your line as potential weak points. If the splices are still functioning, you still need to have them dug out for further testing.
- The next test is to attach temporary wires from the splice ends back to the terminals. This will allow you to recognize which section of wire has the break, narrowing down your search area.
- The final test is to dig out the halfway point of the nonfunctioning section and cut the wire, then use the test wire just like before to see which side has the flaw. Repeat the process with the section holding the break as many times as needed until you pinpoint a short enough area to dig up the rest of the wire and find the actual break.
- You’ll need to splice the break and any cuts you made, then bury the wire again. Be sure to note where the splices are so if further problems come up you’ll know where to start your search.
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