How to bury a Dog Fence Wire?

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Do you own a brand-new dog fence wire that is below ground, and you’re unsure of how to place it? This article will provide some tips on how to bury a dog fence wire.

How to Bury a Dog Fence Wire for Easy Pet Fence Installation?

However, if you’re doing it on your own, it wouldn’t be easy. Still, there’s a workaround that how to bury a dog fence wire.

Step 1. Plan the installation

Before you reach for the shovel, you must map out the installation area first. It will give you an idea of how long the underground fence wire should be. Also, it will save you from guesswork that wastes more time and energy.

You should draw the installation line a paper, which you will use as a guide. After that, place stake flags on the path where the underground wire fence will be buried. It will make it easier for you to dig later on.

Step 2. Dull the tip of the weeder tool

Before we start digging, it’s important to sand the weeder tool’s tip to avoid damaging the wires. We will use the weeder tool to help clear the trenches and drive the wire underground for this process.

Step 3. Start digging

Before you start digging, make sure that you’re wearing work shoes with firm soles. It will protect your feet from injuries since you have to stomp the shovel into the ground the entire time.

Once your tools are all set, it’s time to start digging. I used a straight-edge shovel because it covers more ground in every dig. A round-edge shovel will require more work, a bummer if you have a large yard.

Also, a straight-edge shovel works well on grassy areas and soft soil. After that, start stomping the shovel into the ground to create the trenches. Keep digging until you have finished up the flagged path.

Remember that you should only bury the wire about 1 to 3 inches on the ground. Going deeper than this will block the signal transmission, deeming your underground fence dysfunctional.

But what if the underground fence passes through a concrete surface? It would be best to use a wheeled concrete saw to cut a clean line through the pavement.

But if you don’t have one, you can do it the old-fashioned way using a pickax. Just make sure that you wear safety glasses.

Step 4. Start burying the line

Once you have the trenches dug, it’s time to install the wire. You should still be wearing the safety glasses here as debris from the ground fly around as you use the axe.

On the other hand, use the pickax to cover the trenches with soil. Using the weeder tool, drive the wire into the trench.

You should also pound the surface mildly to ensure that the soil is compacted and won’t get washed away during a downpour.

Step 5. Installing the transmitter

After you have buried the line, you need to drill a hole into your garage or anywhere you want to install the transmitter.

The transmitter must be installed in an enclosed area with a wall socket. The most convenient option is your garage or a shed if you have one.

Use the hand drill to bore a hole large enough to fit the underground fence wire. After that, plug the wire into the transmitter.

Don’t forget to caulk the hole you made to prevent pests from using the wire as a bridge to your house.

Since the fence is buried underground, it’s attractive to termites. The mite won’t damage the cables, but they can use it to enter your home if you don’t seal up.

Step 6. Testing the line

Once the transmitter is plugged and working, your job isn’t done yet. You have to check if the collar will receive the signal properly.

The only way to test this is to hold the collar by the prongs where the shock comes from and walk into the line.

As you approach, you’ll hear a warning sound. Once you breach the line, you will receive an electrostatic shock.

This correction doesn’t hurt the dog, and it will not burn their necks. It works just like a typical wireless dog fence. Once you’re sure that the wires are properly installed, the next step is to train your dog for it.

How deep can I bury the dog fence wire?

I do not recommend burying the dog fence wire any deeper than 2 ft. Burying to such a level should only be done.

If you have a large enough property to adjust your dog fence transmitter to compensate for the depth. Remember, every inch you bury the electric dog fence wire. You will lose an inch of the signal field.

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