Containment System Installation FAQ's
check the following FAQ's for answers to common
containment system installation questions or
concerns. You may also wish to browse to the
FAQ page (opens in a new window) for additional
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are some common layout patterns? View
diagrams of some common wire layouts.
do I find a break in the boundary wire? Finding
and repairing a break in your boundary wire.
vs. Water Resistant? Water-resistant means the
receiver collar can withstand the effects of rain,
snow and other inclement weather. However, it should
not be submerged in water, as this may reduce the
battery life and cause internal damage to the components. Waterproof means
the component is designed to withstand submersion
much wire do I need? All containment systems
include 500 feet of boundary wire. Boundary kits
are available to expand your
coverage for larger yards. Each kit contains 500
feet wire, 50 marker flags and two wire splices.
your yard is this size...
your property line
is this length...
will need this many Extra Boundary Kits...
Between 1/2 and 1 Acre
Between 500 and 1000 feet
Between 1 and 3 Acres
Between 1000 and 1500 feet
Between 3 and 5 Acres
Between 1500 and 2000 feet
How do I cross
hard surfaces like my driveway and sidewalk? If
you have to cross concrete, asphalt, brick or other
hard surfaces, either lay the wire in a convenient
expansion joint or use a circular saw with a masonry
to create a groove. Place the wire in the groove and
cover with an appropriate patching compound. Your
store can help you choose the right compound for your
type of driveway. Another option is to thread the
a section of old garden hose, securing the hose on either
side of the driveway. Do not use hose with a metallic
reinforcement or lining, as that would block the
What can I use to give the
wire additional protection in areas such as my gravel
or livestock crossing? In areas that may
experience particularly high traffic, or areas prone
to small animals digging or chewing, we recommend
that you run the wire through a PVC
pipe or rubber garden hose, then bury it 2-3 inches deep. This will not affect
the signal, but will give the wire additional support in areas prone to breakage.
NOTE: Do not use metal piping or garden hose that contains metal strands
in the weave.
Can I incorporate my new
system with my existing fence? Yes, you
may generally combine your new kit with an existing
fence. This is especially effective if you have
problems with your dog jumping over or digging
under your current fence. If the existing fence is wood, you may simply staple
the boundary wire to the bottom of the fence. Be careful not to nick the
wire insulation, as that may cause erratic performance
in that area. For chain-link fences, you
may "weave" the
boundary wire through the links in the fence, or attach the wire to your
fence using plastic ties.