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Installing Warning Signs


Warning signs (10-01) should be positioned at all places where people unfamiliar with the electric fence stand some chance of coming in contact with it. Such signs are typically hung from an electric fence wire or nailed to an appropriately situated board or post.

Two fence testers

Testing the Electric Fence


Once the entire fence has been installed and plugged in, a pulsing light on the electric fence charger will indicate whether the charger and nearby portions of the fence are working properly. If the light does not flash, turn the charger off, disconnect all wires from its positive terminal, and turn it on again. If the light still doesn’t flash the problem is with the charger, and one should call the charger’s maker for guidance. If the light flashes the problem is with the fence. Check to make sure that no actively charged portion of the electric fence has been inadvertently connected to the electric fence charger’s ground terminal. Then examine the fence carefully to determine where some actively charged element along the fence has come into contact with something that is not insulated (thereby grounding the fence) and proceed to fix this problem.

Once the turned-on electric fence charger is hooked up and its light is flashing, you know that the charger and at least the undergate and hookup wire or fence section to which the charger is immediately attached are working properly. At this point take a fence tester (04-02 or 04-04A). Use it by FIRST grounding the little pointer attached to the tester (by sticking it into moist ground or touching it to a grounded run of conductor on the fence) and then touching the tester’s other terminal to the actively charged element being tested. Employ it to test distant charged elements in order to determine that they too are working. If you have a permanent (non-portable) fence, this procedure should be repeated periodically as a part of proper fence maintenance.

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