2017 RAMM Catalog RAMM 2017 Catalog - Page 19

RAMM Fence Electric Fence 101 5 rails of brown Pro-Tek Tape Ground rods serve to collect the voltage from the fence and deliver it back to the charger through the earth, thus completing the circuit. The amount of shock felt by the horse is directly proportional to the amount of power returned back to the fence from moisture at the grounding field. Therefore, it is critical that the field is large enough to collect all available power. We recommend at least 3 ground rods, five feet long and spaced 10 feet apart in an area of constant ground moisture. Ground beds should be a minimum of 30 feet and preferably 50 feet from one another if multiple ground beds are used. NEVER install ground rods within 50 feet of utility ground, buried water lines or telephone poles. In some situations, the grounding field is less than optimal. This would include very well drained, sandy soil, deeply frozen soil, or very rocky conditions. In all of these cases, there is a lack of moisture in the ground field. In these sub-optimal conditions, multiple ground fields are often required as well as a ground rail of electric on the fence. If your soil conditions fall into these categories, please speak with one of our representatives to determine the best set-up for your situation. Insulated Wire ~ It is important to select the correct wire to connect to your electric fence. Choose wire that is rated to carry up to 20,000 volts. DO NOT use insulated wire that is designed for residential use, as this is not rated to carry the voltage emitted from your fence charger. This cable is used to connect the charger to the fence and to the ground system, between individual ground rods and to “jump” the electricity from the primary hot line of the fence to a lower strand. It is important to keep the type of wire and couplings constant with the fence system used. For example, Electrobraid® utilizes copper threads in the fence braids and therefore all