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How do I locate a break in the boundary wire?

Option 1: Purchase a Wire Break Locator that will locate the break in the boundary wire. Watch this video for instructions on using the Wire Break Locator.

Option 2: Follow the procedure below:

  1. Unplug the transmitter.
  2. Connect both ends of your twisted wire to one boundary wire terminal.
  3. Measure and cut a test wire which is half the length of your total boundary wire footage.
  4. Connect one end of test wire to the other boundary wire terminal.
  5. Locate the halfway point of your boundary and cut the boundary wire.
  6. Splice the other end of the test wire to either side of your boundary wire where you cut it in half.
  7. Plug in the fence transmitter and check the loop indicator light. If the loop indicator light is on, you can assume the break is in the other half of the boundary wire.
  8. If the loop indicator light did not come on, you may assume there is a break in this portion of the boundary wire. However, there is a small chance of having more than one break in your system.
  9. Be sure to check both halves of your entire loop.
  10. Replace the damaged boundary wire with new wire.
  11. Reconnect the boundary wire to the fence transmitter.
  12. Check the loop indicator light. If the loop indicator light is on, test the system with the receiver collar.

If you suspect you have a partial wire break: The only way to know for sure if there is a partial break is by getting an OHM reading from the wire. Based on the number of feet of wire in the layout and the gauge of wire being used, we can determine the amount of resistance that there should be in the wire. If you have a digital OHM meter or access to one, please take the reading from the wire on the automatic or 2k setting. Contact our Customer Care Center for reading suggestions. You will also need to know the number of feet of wire in your layout and the gauge of wire you are using.