All About Grounding
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.
Q: How do I drive the grounding rod into the earth?
A: Using a hammer to drive a 6-8 foot grounding rod into the earth would take a long time and could be very painful. The same store that supplied your electric fence products should also have a post pounder that will make installing a grounding rod much easier.
Q: Can I just twist a wire around a T-post to use as
a grounding rod?
A: If that provides enough of a ground to complete the circuit all the way to the end of the fence, then yes that could work. Remember that as the earth dries or freezes, the ability to complete the circuit becomes more difficult. As a result, the circuit can be completed on the day you install the electric fence, but over time, the changing earth may stop it from working.
Q: Will an electric fence interfere with my power lines or phone lines
in the ground?
A: An electric fence system should not cause a problem to power or phone lines. To insure that there will not be a problem, locate the grounding system for the fence charger at least 50 feet away from the phone's grounding system as well as any underground phone or power lines.
Q: Is there a way to check if my electric fence is properly grounded
without shocking myself?
A: There are electric fence testers that serve this purpose. Fi-Shock® offers three different testers with varying sensitivities and information provided. The basic tester (Model# A1LVT-FS) has one light that will light if the wire is charged. This charge occurs when one end touches the “hot” wire and the other end is placed in the dirt.
Q: The soil here tends to be fairly sandy. How many grounding rods
should I use for my 30’ by 30’garden? I’m trying to keep the
rabbits and squirrels out of my vegetables!
A: Small areas like that even in sandy soil will probably be fine with one grounding rod. Note: Rabbits can be hard to keep out (or in) because they can run so fast that by the time they feel the shock they may already be through. Rabbits can also jump over low fences. Multiple low wires and a few higher wire will work with enough charge.
Fi-Shock® electric fence systems will work for all pets and livestock when grounded properly.