Is it Special Wire?

What kind of wire is used for the boundary?  Is it special wire?  Can I get the wire from the hardware store?  Do I need to get the wire from you?

You can use pretty much any insulated single core wire.   It does not matter if the wire is solid core, or has a stranded core.  Try and find a wire that is “rated for direct burial.”  This wire tends to last longer in the ground than regular PVC coated wire that can break down over time, particularly where there are acidic soils.  You can find this type of wire in most hardware stores and most  electrical supply stores.  It is typically used for sprinkler systems and outdoor lighting.

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RhonRae May 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I have a creek running through my property diagonally. So I intend to fence in an “L” shape along an existing fence line rather than bury. So this poses several questions: 1) Must the wire be insulated if above ground? 2) Does the fence wire need to be one continuous line or can it have the radio source in the middle and the ends not connect to each other? 3) Must I attach to trees and posts with insulator? 4) Can the wire for invisible fencing be run along a livestock fence line that carries one joule hot wire charge without any interference of either?

ADMIN – Hi RhonRae, the dog fence wire needs to be insulated copper for both underground and above ground installations. The fence wire does need to connect to the wall transmitter in a loop. No, you can attach with anything you choose as long as it does not damage the wire insulation. You can sort of. I would recommend keeping a distance of at least 4 feet away from the hot wire.

Ian Rae November 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I am looking at options to fence in our wooded 10 acres for our two Aussie pups. We have an existing electric fence that is not being used, can I reuse the wire from this fence for the dog fence? I would intend to have the majority of the wire installed above ground through the wooded areas, I wouldn’t be using the electric fence posts or anything to suspend it. Will electric fence wire work for this, or is there something special about the dog fence wire?

ADMIN – Hi Ian, electric fence wire will not work. A dog fence uses radio frequency technology and thus requires an insulated copper wire for transmission.

Mark October 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I have a wooded lot I would like to install the fence thru, can the wire be strung thru the woods above the ground a foot or two on post, using plastic insulators to secure the wire to the post?

ADMIN – Hi Mark,

That would be a great way to install the wire above ground because it suspends it off the ground to keep it out of harms way of critters.

Ken Butler January 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

I need to surround 5.5 acres of rectangular land. How much wire should I need and should I use the 18 gauge?

ADMIN – Hi Ken,

For 5.5 acres you will need around 2,000 feet of wire. You will not need to use the 18 gauge wire, the 20 gauge will work fine.

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