How do I fix breaks in the boundary wire?

To find a break in the wire, first walk along the route of the wire and look for places where there has been recent digging.  The most common culprit will be a lawn edger, so check where the wire crosses the driveway or any footpaths.  

If you can’t find the break, you will need to get an RF choke, a $2 device available at Radio Shack.  These devices makes the wire emit a signal that you can hear on an AM radio.  Follow the path of the wire until you find the spot where signal disappears.  Voila! You have found the break.

Once the break is identified, splice in a new bit of wire to cover the broken area.

For more detailed information on finding and fixing wire breaks, see here.

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Hans Kurtz November 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I have lost my power source due to Hurricane Sandy. Can the system run on the battery back up with rechargeable batteries? My system surrounds 4 acres. I tried putting 8 new AA batteries in and when I turn on the monitor it beeps and flashes red. I also could not get the fully charged collar to beep.
Thank you,
Hans

Admin- Hi Hans,
Yes, the PetSafe UltraSmart 13619 system will operate with the battery back-up only. With new batteries, the dog fence system should last about 40-hours. The flashing red monitor indicates that the fence has power but a break has accrued in the boundary wire.

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