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Pet Containment Fence Systems

Article: Pet Containment System Installation FAQ's

Please check the following FAQ's for answers to common containment system installation questions or concerns. You may also wish to browse to the PetSafe FAQ page (opens in a new window) for additional information.

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What are some common layout patterns? View diagrams of some common wire layouts.

How do I find a break in the boundary wire? Finding and repairing a break in your boundary wire.

Waterproof 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 in water.

How 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.

Wire Guide
If your yard is this size...
AND/OR your property line
is this length...
You 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 blade to create a groove. Place the wire in the groove and cover with an appropriate patching compound. Your local hardware store can help you choose the right compound for your type of driveway. Another option is to thread the wire through 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 signal.

What can I use to give the wire additional protection in areas such as my gravel driveway 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.

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