Dog Fence How To Prepare
After you have picked out the make and model of your dog fence, you can get started on laying out the basic design of the boundary lines and perimeters for your fence. Most of these systems use wires and flag sticks that are held underground, so it's vital that do prep work to learn about what is the grass on your property. Aside from damaging your fence or utility lines, it's also a security concern.
Before you even think about taking your dog fence or dog containment system out of the box, you should pick up the phone and Call 8-1-1. This Free Service sends a locater to your home to survey the land for all underground utility lines, pipes or boxes. It can often take up to a week for a surveyor to come out, so try to schedule it well in advance of installing your fence. Surveyors can also show you where the true property lines of your yard.
Planning the Layout
Now that you know which parts of your are "off-limits" because of underground utility lines, it's important to sketch out a rough idea of where you want your dog to play. Pools, driveways, roadways, vegetable gardens and neighboring properties need to be considered before putting down the wire.
When you are drawing the layout, be sure to consider five important questions:
- How much wire are you working with? Will this effect how you want to place the boundary lines of your Electric Fence.
- Where will you put your transmitter? For most systems, you need it placed in a cool, dry place away from weather's elements. You will also need to power it with an 110V outlet. Most transmitters can be installed on a wall in a garage.
- Are you avoiding utility lines? Just because you didn't dig on top of your utility lines doesn't mean that you should use them as a guide for your fence. Electrical currents from your fence and utility can affect each other. Be sure to put a safe distance between your fence and underground utility lines.
- Are you rounding corners? Tight 90-degree angles can cause bunching and malfunctions in a fence. Be sure to make your corners as soft and gradual as possible when diagramming your fence.
- Have you given the boundary wires enough space? The electric currents in your dog fence can be interrupted if you touch, overlay or place parallel wires too close to each other. Put at least six feet of space between your fence's wires.
Furthermore, if you have a neighbor with an electric fence, be sure that you are a safe distance from their wires, too.By Sean Bowes