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At Killyless Stores in Northern Ireland we sell PEL Digital Voltmeters which can be used to locate a fault in you electric fence. If your fence has failed or your animals have gotten out then here is a quick method for checking the fence with a PEL Digital Voltmeter:

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To locate a fault in the fence line:

1 Push the black earth probe into the soil and clip the red fence clip to the live fence wire. (For a DVM with clips fitted, clip the black earth clip to the earth wire and the red fence clip to the live fence wire). Note the voltage reading for the entire fence.

2 Disconnect a section of the fence and take a voltage reading of the remainder of the fence. Repeat for each section of the fence. If the voltage reading is significantly higher than the reading for the entire fence, this indicates a fault in the disconnected section.

3 Within the faulty section, take voltage readings every 100 m (330í) until the fault is located.

and here is what to do it you want to measure the energiser output voltage.

1 Disconnect the fence wires from the energiser terminals.

2 Hold the black earth probe against the earth terminal. Clip the red fence clip to the energiser’s fence output terminal. (For a DVM with clips fitted, clip the black earth clip to the earth terminal and the red fence clip to the fence output terminal)

3 Take a voltage reading and compare with the manufacturers specifications for the energiser.

(Source: PEL website)

For more information about the PEL Digital Voltmeter call in at Killyless Stores in Ballymena, Northern Ireland