Installation Step 7: Install the Boundary Wire
- Underground cables can carry high voltage. Have all underground cables marked before you dig to bury your wire. In most areas, this is a free service. Avoid these cables when you dig.
- Before you begin installing the Boundary Wire, turn the Fence Transmitter OFF.
To Bury the Boundary Wire
- Burying the Boundary Wire is recommended to protect it and prevent disabling the system.
- Cut a trench 1-3 inches deep along your planned boundary.
- Place the Boundary Wire into the trench maintaining some slack to allow it to expand and contract with temperature variations.
- Use a blunt tool such as a wooden paint stick to push the Boundary Wire into the trench, being careful not to damage the Boundary Wire.
To Attach the Boundary Wire to an Existing Fence
The Boundary Wire of the SportDOG Brand® In-Ground Fence™ System can be attached to a chain link fence, split rail fence, or a wooden privacy fence, though this is not recommended. The Boundary Wire can be attached as high as needed. However, make sure the Boundary Width is set at a high enough range for the dog to receive the signal. If using a Double Loop with an existing fence at least three feet tall, run the Boundary Wire on top of the fence and return it on the bottom of the fence to get the three to five foot separation needed.
- Chain Link Fence (7A): Weave Boundary Wire through the links or use plastic quick ties.
- Wooden Split Rail or Privacy Fence (7A): Use staples to attach Boundary Wire. Avoid puncturing the insulation of the Boundary Wire.
- Double Loop with an Existing Fence: Run Boundary Wire on top of the fence and return it on the bottom of the fence to get the three to five foot separation needed.
- Gate (Single Loop) (7B): Bury the Boundary Wire in the ground across the gate opening. Note: The signal is still active across the gate. Your dog cannot pass through an open gate.
- Gate (Double Loop) (7B): Bury both Boundary Wires across the gate opening while keeping them three to five feet apart.
WARNING: Follow all safety instructions for your power tools. Be sure to always wear your safety goggles.