Dog Fence Installing the Transmitter/Control Box
As you may know, the transmitter AKA the Control Box of your Electric Fence operates in the same way the computer does in your car. Without it, all of the parts of your vehicle will not function. A transmitter/control box is the brain of your system and it needs to be installed correctly to operate.
A transmitter works by controlling the fence's boundary lines and it controls the strength of the stimulation. Additionally, the transmitter will also tell you if the fence is operational and if there is a break in the signal from the wires.
Furthermore, the transmitter on some system can control the sensitivity from the collars to the boundary wire simply by twisting a knob.
One of the most essential steps for properly installing a transmitter box is finding a permanent location to store it. The location for the box should be easy to reach. Below are some good tips on finding the perfect spot for the transmitter:
- Be sure to choose an area that has a reliable, working outlet. It should be 120volt.
- Check that your outlet is not outdoors. Your transmitter needs to be kept in a dry, cool place. Most transmitters are freeze-proof, but they cannot get wet. Sheds, garages and carports are generally OK.
- Find a suitable wall to mount your transmitter box. Find out if the wall is concrete, drywall or stucco and buy the right type of drill bits and anchor mounts.
- Consider a surge protector. Many states have regular lightning strikes, so expensive electronics should be protected with a surge protector. Even an inexpensive one can save your electric fence if lightning strikes your home.
Mounting Your Control Box
As you could probably tell when you took the transmitter box out of the packaging, these units are not heavy. So, finding a stud or drilling into concrete is not necessary to mount your box. Most units come with supplied mounting screws, so find an area close your 120volt outlet and mount your transmitter near it. Be sure to anchor your screws, especially if you're mounting in drywall.
When using anchors for your screws, simply mark the spots you wish to mount the box with a pencil. When you have your spots marked, use an appropriate bit to drill a hole. Be sure that the drill bit is a little bit smaller than your screw. Now, once you have your hole drilled, use a mallet to hammer your plastic anchors into the wall, then you can put your screws in and mount the box.
Bringing Your Fence's Wires Outside
For a transmitter to function properly, it needs to be connected to your fence's outdoor wires. Whether you have chosen to install your transmitter in a garage, shed or carport, you need to think of you will get your fence wires to your yard.
A window, dog door or vents are suitable solutions to run the fence's wires outside. However, if you do not have any of these, you will need to make your own hole. Using a drill, you can make small whole to get your boundary wires outside. To protect your wires (and your home from critters) use an exterior caulk sealant or a duct seal to run around the drilled hole. You don't need to be concerned about twisting the wires, simply run them through the space, connect and test your system to make sure it works.By Sean Bowes