Test The Energizer First
How Can I Tell If My Fence Is Grounded Properly
A volt meter touched to the ground rods should read less than 400 V. If the reading is greater than 1000 V, another ground rod should be added to the system.
Another sign that the fence is not grounded properly is stray voltage. Stray voltage is a difference in electric potential between two places that should not be different. With improperly grounded electric fences, it is most common to hear a ticking sound over a landline telephone, have problems maintaining an internet connection when the energizer is on, or interference with radio or television reception. Occasionally, poor grounding may send current through other metal items or water lines if cattle are refusing to drink, check that their trough hasn’t been accidentally electrified.
Most problems are caused by not having enough ground rods, installing ground rods in bad locations, or having loose or corroded ground rod clamps.
If The Energizer Is At Fault:
- Test the battery with a low-voltage tester recharge if lower than 12.2 volts
- Make sure the energizer is unplugged before working on the fence or the energizer.
- If used with a 12V deep cycle battery, there is no case to protect the battery, so the battery will be exposed to the elements and risk of theft.
- This unit is not modular, therefore it is not repairable.
To Reduce Risk & Liability
- Never place your head or upper spine near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil. Be careful when doing so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never attempt to step over or climb through an energized fence of any kind.
- Never encourage anyone to touch an electric fence.
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*Kits include all the parts and pieces that folks new to electric fence normally need to make the fence operational.
- 2 miles of 3 strand cattle fence
- 3/4 mile of a 5-7 strand sheep fence
- 10 of the 164′ sheep/goat nets
- 4-5 of the 164′ poultry nets
**All distances are dependent on amount of grass/weed load on the fence. Low-impedance circuitry produces a short, very strong electrical pulse designed to cope with moderate weed load.
- Requires a grounding system. Inadequate grounding is the most common failure in an electric fence system. We recommend 3 ft. of grounding for this energizer, included in the kit.
- 12V DC draw: 87 mA/hr. With this energizer a 12V 100 ampere hour, deep cycle battery will last approximately 28 days* on a clean or a weedy fence. *Assumes being drawn down to 40% between recharges.
- To operate as a solar energizer, run the unit as a battery unit and attach a solar panel to charge the battery.
How Do I Install A Ground System
Ground rods made of either copper or galvanized metal are available. While copper is more conductive, it also corrodes faster. Corroded metal is not a good conductor, and can prevent the circuit from closing. Galvanized rods will last longer than copper ones because they are protected from corrosion. Ground rods should stick out of the soil 10 – 15 cm . Ground rod clamps have been designed to conduct electricity from the rod to the return wire, and work better than home-made clamps or those designed for a different purpose. Double check that brass clamps are used with copper rods, and dissimilar metal clamps are used with galvanized rods. Mixing metals can make components corrode faster.
To ensure ground rods come in contact with enough soil moisture to complete the circuit, the best practice is to install 90 cm of ground rod below the water table for every joule of output provided by the energizer. The water table is the level below which the ground is saturated with water, and the depth can vary greatly depending on location. Where the ground is dry or the water table is low, this may not be possible – dumping a bucket of water on each ground rod at regular intervals can help maintain contact. The length required can be divided between multiple ground rods but these must be spaced at least 3 m apart, otherwise they act like a single ground rod.
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Installing A Patriot Pe Series Energizer
Always follow safety guidelines as stated in your Patriot energizer user guide.
Your PE series energizer needs to be installed and grounded correctly for energy to flow along your electric fence.
Watch the video below to learn:
What Patriot products and tools you require for installation
Where and how to mount the energizer
How to set up your grounding system
How to attach the wires to the energizer
How to check your energizer and electric fence are working
Note: In the video, a PE2 energizer is used as an example, the installation is the same for the PE5 and PE10 energizers.
If you prefer written instructions,refer to the user manual for your PE series energizer which has step by step instructions for an AC 120 V Line connection or a DC 6 V / 12 V battery connection.
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Ideal for fencing small properties up to 40 acres.
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Why Do Some Electric Fences Contain Ground Wires
In Ontario, climate affects the design of electric fences. If the earth is frozen or snow-covered, it can be difficult to achieve electrical contact snow contains a lot of air, and ice holds onto electrons more tightly than liquid water. Often an animal touching a hot wire will not complete the circuit. This has led to many fences being built with alternating hot and ground wires, called a ground-return system. Hot wires are connected to the output of the energizer, while ground wires are connected to the ground rods. If an animal touches both the hot and ground wire at the same time, they close the circuit and receive a shock. This design keeps electric fences working throughout the year.
With a ground-return design, it is common for ground rods to be installed along the fence every 400 m to improve the grounding system.
Why Do I Need To Ground My Electric Fence
Just like water, electricity has a current. Electric current is a steady flow of electrons. Much like water runs downhill, electrons move towards a positive charge such as the soil , or the earth terminal on the fence energizer. Metal and water are good conductors of electricity because they hold electrons loosely and are relatively dense, which enables electric current to flow through them.
Electric current needs a circuit of conductive material to flow. A properly constructed electric fence is a potential circuit. Electric current is sent from the energizer through the fence wires. Ground rods are installed and wired back to the energizer. When an animal touches the fence, the circuit is closed, allowing the electric current to flow from the energizer, through the fence wires, through the animal, into the soil moisture, to the ground rods, and back to the earth terminal on the energizer.
Building an electric fence means creating a potential circuit one that closes properly when something touches the hot wire and the soil at the same time. An electric fence is a psychological barrier: cattle learn not to touch the fence because the shock is unpleasant. Untrained animals or a non-electrified fence may enable livestock to go right through the fence, because it is not physically strong enough to stop them. To be effective, both the fence and the ground system must be installed so that they become a circuit, and a practical way to contain cattle.
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