I installed a PetSafe fence about 3 years ago. I had trouble with the transformers getting fried during a rain/lightning storm. Actually I went through 3 transformers before I realized what was happening. I have my fence around 4 acres and 1-1/2 acres is pasture. So when I installed my fence, I connected to the fence that went around the pasture. What I finally realized was that I had created one big lightning rod. So I installed a surge protector and all of my troubled went away.
I now have a broken wire somewhere in my system and I am having trouble finding it. I do have a PetSafe wire-break locator but I’m still having trouble finding the break. I’m sure I will find it but right now it’s creating a challange. I have used the locator before and had very little trouble finding the break.
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Find the break in the wire using a wire break locator if you determine the problem is not with the transmitter or if you cannot find any visual damage or sections where the wire has been dug up. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to hook up your brand of wire break locator. Keep it on the most sensitive setting and walk along the marked area indicated by your electric company. Follow the sound of the device, as it emits a low hum when it is over a live wire. When it comes across a broken section the humming stops, indicating you are over the break.
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Underground wires are buried to protect them from exposure. While it is rare for underground wires to suffer damage, from time to time activities such as digging for a new fence, planting a tree, gardening, or even the activity of pets and animals can cause tears and ruptures in buried wires. Locating the broken section of wire isn't an exact science, but there are newer tools available which can help you narrow down the search and avoid digging up huge portions of your yard.
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I wanted to write and tell you about my success with the locator. It took me only about 10 minutes to find the problem. It was a bad splice. Now I know what you meant about the 3-M pinch splices not being good splices. It appeared to be fine but was actually full of corosion. I fixed it but left it above ground until I get one of your splice kits. I know I have at least 3 more of these 3-M splices in my system so I will need to get enough splices to replace all of them eventually and also some extras. On a side note I also used the locator to help my brother in law this weekend. He just bought a house and we used it to trace and fix a broken coax cable, locate his sprinkle valves and track his low voltage landscape lighting wire. It probably saved him $200 to $300.Now that you have eliminated the obvious it is time to bring in some specialized equipment. The first tool you will need is a wire locator. This is a two part device consisting of a wand and a tone generator. The tone generator has two wires, power and ground. Attach the power wire to one end of the broken wire and attach the ground wire to a separate ground such as a screw driver pounded into the dirt at a 90° angle from the wire you are tracing. do not ground it to your valve common wire. Disconnect the common wire and the wire you are tracking from the clock because the tone generator will send high voltage down the wire and back into your clock.