How to Fix a Break in Electric Dog Fence Wire?

If you are ever wondering how to join or fix a break in Electric Dog Fence Wire, then check out our guide. Firstly for an electric dog fence kit, get a wire that is TUFF, and can cop a bit of abuse from the natural elements.

Then you won't have to worry so much about how to splice Dog Fence Wire if it doesn't break in the first place. Depending on where the dog fence wire you choose will have an effect on how often you have to find out how to join the Dog Fence wire

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It's pretty simple, If your Dog Fence Wire breaks – your dog escapes.

Having a Good Quality wire is the best way to go so that your Electric Dog Fence will not fail when it breaks or get worn out. If the Dog Fence Wire you're using for your Dog Fence is of low quality and breaks, your Dog Fence will stop working and your dog can escape putting him in danger.

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Quick summary on How to Join Electric Dog Fence Wire

How to repair electric dog fence wire?
  1. Strip the wire coating to expose the copper core

  2. Twist the ends together to create the join - ‘butterfly twist’

  3. Tie a knot close to the twist to secure the join

  4. Wrap with electrical tape for added protection of the join

  5. Fold it over a couple of times to create some spare slack

  6. Leave extra slack around the property for joins if you get a break in the wire

Just an extra tip, You can put the wire inside some PVC pipe to protect it from Lawn Trimmers.

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How to Join and Repair Electric Dog Fence Wire

How to repair electric dog fence wire?

If by any chance your wire breaks and you need to repair invisible dog fence wire or if you want to extend the area that will be covered by the electric dog fence here’s our Guide on how to do it. If the wire break is underground, you’ll need to dig up the wire first to expose the broken wire, or simply leave it there and run new wire.

If the wire is too short to re-join, you can use your test wire to make the connection. Once you are sure that the dog fence wire is operating correctly, return it back to the area where it’s supposed to be.

1. Strip The Wire Coating To Expose the Copper Core

Step 1: Expose a little bit of Copper Wire Core

Using a wire stripper or your handy pliers gently crimp around the HDPE coating of the wires you are connecting and very gently strip off the housing.

If you break a couple of strand of the 7 strand copper core, don’t be too concerned. If you break more than 2 or 3 it would be best to start again it may take some practice.

Strip off an inch or a couple of Centimetres of insulation on each end. It might be a bit difficult to do so because our high-density polyethylene coating is really sturdy. Then twist the exposed copper strands on each wire so it won’t look messy.

2. 'Butterfly Twist' the 2 Wires To Create the Join

Step 2: Butterfly Twist the 2 dog fence Wires

Having exposed the copper cores of the 2 wires we are joining together we need to overlap the 2 exposed copper wires and butterfly twist them, you can also use the pliers to tighten the twist of the 2 wires. You can also cut off some loose ends to tidy it up a bit.

3. Tie a Knot near the twisted wires to strengthen your repair

Step 3: The secret - Tie a Knot near the twist

Our real secret in joining wires is tying a knot at the end, getting it as close to the copper as possible. This ensures that if anything pulls the joint the connection we made will not break apart. It is generally the key to make sure it is not going to pull apart easily.

4. Wrap The Exposed Ends Of The Wire In Tape

Step 4: Wrap The Exposed Ends Of The Wire In Tape

Now we need to wrap our newly made joint with electrical tape... start just a little bit past the knot we made and wrap it in one direction all the way to the end. I usually keep going past the end a little bit, then folding over the excess tape back and then wrap it back to the other direction and seal it off.

5. Make a Fold or 2 to create some Wire slack for future use

Step 5: Make a Wire slack for future purposes

If you ever get another break you need a slack in the system, so what we do to ensure that we have enough wire if ever there will be a breakage is fold over the pair of wires we made, then get just a piece of the wire and fold it back again, use the PVC tape again to hold our wires together and now it will look straight and we have a slack in the system for future use

How do I find a Break in my Invisible Dog Fence Wire?

If the Invisible Dog Fence Transmitter is beeping, It means you have a broken wire somewhere around the invisible dog fence perimeter. You will need to locate the break in the wire and fix it. This review shows a series of steps to help you locate the break in the wire and perform the repair. Click on the button below for our step by step guide on Finding a Break in your Electric Dog Fence Wire.

We Opted NOT To Use Gel Joiners To Repair The Dog Fence Wire

Remember you are running a radio signal - Not Electricity. You simply need to create a connection to the copper core of the wire to continue to transmit the radio signal.

Gel Joiners tended to fail after a while and sometimes people would use electric spade joiners. These would also often fall apart and disconnect.

Our video on How to Join or splice radio dog fence wire explains a simple way to repair the wire that will last for ages. 

Should I Bury the Dog Fence Wire Or Have An Above Ground Dog Fence

If you have to bury your Dog Fence Wire and it breaks - it is a LOT HARDER to find the break and fix it. You can leave your dog fence wire above ground but make sure it can withstand the Australian sun and the elements.

We have opted for a very tuff coating for our dog fence wire (HDPe High-Density Polyethylene) as well as a 7 strand copper core for the wire... Why?

Because it can sit on the fence or above ground and withstand the sun and not break down. Most Electric dog fence wires is PVC and only UV stabilised - our wire has a HDPe coating which gives it a 20year UV rating. We come across a lot of people who have had their dogs escape because the wire keeps creating faults and they are forever having to fix the break in their dog fence wires.

There is no need to bury our wire - just leave it sitting on the fence with a few precautions built-in to ensure it does not break.

Using a good dog fence wire with a good strong and solid core helps to maintain the integrity of the signal.

What Is The Best Wire for a Dog Fence?

Make sure it has a 20 year UV rating and can stay above ground. 

Our Top Rated Dog Fence Wire is so durable you can even leave it hanging on the fence, lay it on the ground, cover it with mulch, bury it around your lawn or tunnel it under a concrete driveway.

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