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What kind of wire will I need, and how do I splice the wires together?

We recommend the use of 20 gauge insulated solid copper wire for direct burial. Extra Boundary Wire can be purchased in 500 foot spools at the store where you purchased the kit or through the Customer Care Center at 1-800-732-0144.      

To Splice or Repair the Boundary Wire: If you need additional Boundary Wire to expand your wire loop, you will need to splice the wires together. Note the locations of all splices for future reference. Most Boundary Wire breaks occur at splices.

1. Strip approximately one-half inch of insulation off the ends of the Boundary Wires to be spliced.
2. Make sure the copper Boundary Wire is not corroded. If the Boundary Wire is corroded, cut it back to expose clean copper wire.
3. Insert the stripped ends into the wire connector and twist the wire connector around the wires (3B). Pull on the wires to make sure you have a strong splice connection. If your splice pulls loose, the entire system will fail. Make sure your splice is secure.



4. For extra protection, Waterproof Wire Connector Covers have been included. Insert the splice and push the wire connector to the bottom, making sure the gel covers any exposed wire.
5. Latch the Waterproof Wire Connector Cover securely (3C). If the splice is not encased in the Waterproof Wire Connector Cover, then there is a possibility of moisture getting into the splice connection and causing the copper wire to corrode, which can create problems with the consistency of the signal of your boundary.


 
Note: We do not recommend any other type of electrical wire splices be used other than standard wire connectors, as other types of splice connections commonly used in electrical applications could contribute to inconsistency in your boundary over time, as they are generally made for a purpose different than necessary for this type of system.

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