Grounding is a fundamental part of an electric fence system. When grounding is done correctly, it provides 50% of the circuit of the entire electric fence. If the grounding system is insufficient, electricity cannot complete a path to the charger. As a result, little or no shock is given.
If a new electric fence is not working, 80% of the time the culprit will be incorrect or improper grounding.
• For proper grounding, the electric fence charge will need to have one terminal securely connected to the fence and the other connected securely and completely to the grounding rod(s).
• The grounding rods are connected to the grounding terminal.
• An animal receives an electrical shock when it touches the fence wire and the earth simultaneously and completes the electrical path. An electrical charge passes through the animal into the earth and back to the grounding rods.
• Copper will carry the "charge" better, but it will usually cost more.
• Using the proper grounding clamp (Model# GRC-FS) will improve the chances of getting a good ground on your electric fence system.
• A “post pounder” is suggested to drive a 6-8 foot grounding rod into the ground. This tool should be available at the same place that you purchase your electric fence supplies. Or use a sectional ground rod.
• Be sure to connect the grounding rod to the ground terminal on the charger and not to the fence terminal or the fence wire.