18 gauge superior to 20 gauge wire in pet containment
systems? Some retailers claim a significant difference, and
post dramatic illustrations to that effect. Mike Duncan, owner
of Securepets.com, is an Electrical Engineer by trade.
the following chart to illustrate the differences
between 18 and 20 gauge wire.
of an inch
any containment system, the boundary wire simply serves
as an antenna, and does not carry weight or stress. The
gauge would make a difference if it were carrying electrical
but the negligible difference
in breaking force (lbf) is what is called into question.
However, common fence mishaps with lawn mowers, edgers,
or garden tools would easily break either wire. It is more
the wire jacket (coating) is direct burial rated.
A direct burial wire is designed for the moist conditions
underground, and will not degrade over time
once the wire has been
installed. The 20 gauge boundary
wire PetSafe recommends is direct burial rated, and covered
under the original equipment warranty.
following statement is quoted from the Innotek retailer
products must be sold to the consumer in sealed unaltered
condition...There are to be no modifications made
to the gauge of wire
included with an INNOTEK® containment
system. Extensive performance
evaluations show no increase in performance or
durability of heavier
gauge wire to the 20 gauge included with the system."
The following is excerpted from the PetSafe website:
"Can I use a larger or smaller wire than what was supplied
in my kit?
The Radio Fence® transmitters were designed to operate
on the surface area that is available on an #20 AWG wire.
However, we have found that they work just as well with larger
but only up to a certain size. The largest you may use is
a #14 AWG."
Securepets, we stock only brand name equipment, shipped
to us directly from PetSafe, Innotek, Dogtra, DogWalk, and
other fine manufacturers. You can be assured
of competitive pricing, excellent service, and a fair return
policy. In the
unlikely event that your system fails to perform to your
expectations, you can simply return it within our "30-day
Money Back" period to receive a full refund of your
purchase price (less actual shipping costs--no additional
handling or restocking charges apply). No restocking
fee, no wire deductions....period! At
Securepets, integrity is our foremost product.