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Article: General Containment System Installation FAQ's

How can I install the wire across 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. For chain-link fences, you may "weave" the boundary wire through the links in the fence. Be careful not to nick the wire insulation, as that may cause erratic performance in that area.


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