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Ret    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:17:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why can't you use a voltmeter to measure an elec. fencer output? Save the cost of buying one just made for it. Can you use reg 14 gauge house wire to run to the fence from charger?

Texas    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:59:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 14 year old hot wire tester. If he squeals when I push him onto it I know its working :)

Willy-N    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:54:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have used regular Romex many times in the past no problem. Heck I have run both the Ground and the hot wire in the same cable and never had them short or break down the insulation inside the cable. The pulse and high voltage is just to fast and high for most meters. I test my fences with a screw drive, fence tool or other insulated tool to ground off the hot wire and watch for a spark. When feeling good I have used a dry stick to touch it and just feel a little bit of the shock thru it also. I have used a PVC Conduit to inclose the romex to go under a driveway for the high voltage fence end of the charger. Just for saftys sake I would use pvc conduit to get out of a building to make sure there is no chance of a short to the building wall if the wire had a nick or was damaged in anyway. A spark to the wood could set up a fire haszard. When I mount a electric fence box on a fence I use a 5 gal bucket upside down to protect it from the weather and run the wires out the sides of it just below the controler and the cord pluged and taped in inside the bucket and run out the bottom. I just bolt the charger to the side of the bucket then screw it to a fence post. Probley more information then you asked for. Mark H.

Red Dave    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:35:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Electric fencer output should be too high a voltage for a regular volt/Ohm/Milliammeter, unless you have a high voltage probe to put on it.

Fencer may put out a couple thousand volts or more, standard meters top ranges are usually 1000 or so.

You can use the 14 gauge house wire, but the insulation on it won't be up to the job. It's made for 300 or 600 volts. You can use the wire and hang it on insulators, then it should work OK.

You can use it as-is foe a while, but sooner or later it'll find a way through the insulation, then it'll just ground out.

JDK    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:28:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
14ga solid wire should do the job unless fencer is a Super dooper powerful unit.As to the voltmeter,I may be wrong,but believe it's the AMPs that bite yer butt,not the voltage.I may be wrong on this,as we used to check fences with a stalk of green grass.Fence testers are usually just a small neon test lamp with a ground wire.If the lamp lites strongly,the fence is "hot".Use to be $2-3 item.

Ron/PA    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:27:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most fencers are on impulse output, so it's really hard to get a reading while it's on the output cycle and there is no reading on the idle cycle.
As for running from the charger to the fence, we always use insulated household 12/2. The insulation elimintates any chance of shorting out the fence in that stretch, and it also keeps fumbling fingers like mine, and the kids from getting zapped.
The only problem we have found is, if you are running aluminum fence, and hook to it with copper feed, you should clamp it and coat it with anti corrosive.
Good luck

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:52:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron you would need a scope to read that voltage, the fencer is like an ignition coil output.
Later Bob

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