- Test the fence daily to make sure it is working properly. Check it twice daily, in the early morning and late in the day, to stay on top of any particularly lively animals you are raising.
- Test your fence by measuring the voltage in the section farthest away from the fence controller. Use an electric fence tester to get the readings for every area of the fence. Look for a reading of at least 2,000 volts to be assured the fence is in good shape.
- Push the probe of the tester into the ground 2 to 4 inches outside the fence line. Place the fence contacts on the fence wire and take a reading while holding the contacts to the wire. Double check any reading below the desired 2,000 volts.
- Test the fence controller next. Turn it off and disconnect the fence and ground wires from the ground terminals and the fence. Turn the fence controller back on while it is disconnected. Touch the ground probe and earth terminal together; then, touch the fence tester prong to the fence terminal. Check the controller reading to confirm it is working.
- Check the ground system of the fence. Lay a metal bar or rod against the fence 100 to 120 yards away from the ground rods. Force the probe into the ground, then touch the voltmeter to the ground rod.
- If the voltmeter reading is low (in the 400 to 500 volt range) strengthen the ground system by adding ground rods 10 feet apart connected with a single ground wire. Check the volt range after installing the extra ground rods.
- Continue daily or twice daily monitoring of the entire fencing system after you have shored up and evened out voltage readings on the entire fence. Keep an extra fence controller on hand to avoid any extended outages.
Things You Will Need
- Electric fence tester
- Grounding rod
- Check connections and splices regularly.