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Testing the Ground Bed

The ground bed should be tested at least once a year.
  1. Turn off the charger/energizer.
  2. Short-circuit the fence by leaning enough metallic rods against it about 330 ft away from ground bed. Bring the fence voltage to 1000 volts.
  3. Turn the energizer on. Use a fence tester/voltmeter to read the voltage on the fence. It should be below 2 kV. (Lean additional metallic rods against the fence if needed).
  4. Insert the fence tester probe into the soil and cli the red fence clip agains the last ground rod. The voltage should be less than .3 kV. If it is higher than .3kV, a better grounding system may be needed.

You will need:

  1. Several metal rods (4ft) to short-circuit the fence
    -Voltage should be about 1000 volts afterwards
  2. Digital voltmeter with leads (designed for testing fences)
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