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    electric fence won’t work in dry weather


    My electric fence won’t work in dry weather or at least doesn’t appear to as far as I can tell. Do you’ve any idea why this is happening and what can be done about it? Is it something that I can inspect myself and solve or is this too dangerous?

    Asked by Charles on 24th Nov 2020
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    Fy House Of Plumbing & electric work

    "1 Poor Grounding: An electric fence must complete a circuit in order to shock. We should be generous when it comes to the grounding system for our fence project. Installing at least 3 galvanized ground rods 5’ deep, 10’ apart creates and adequate ground bed for most small energizers. It is very common for people to install 3’ of ground rod for every joule of output energy. So if you are using a 3 joule energizer you should install at least 9’ of ground rods. Typically this would mean using 3- 3’ rods spaced 10’ apart to create a large ground bed. Large ground beds in moist soils are the most effective. Ground rods should be connected using good ground rod clamps. Be sure not to mix metals when connecting your rods. For example attaching steel to copper causes a reaction called electrolysis, which will corrode connections, reducing the shocking potential. Be safe; use stainless steel wire, galvanized ground rods, and brass ground rod clamps. If at any point you can measure a significant voltage at your ground rods, your ground bed is not large enough. Keep in mind you can never have too good of a grounding system and soil conditions do have an impact."

    Answered on 25th Nov 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

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