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Old 06-09-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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My buddy had someone cut through his underground dog fence wire. He asked me if I knew where to get some from.
It looks like 20-22 AWG solid to me? No markings on the wire. Looks like fixture wire? Ballast wire to be exact.

Well, I'm not sure, but bet its just plain old 20 gauge solid. But what about the insulation? It must be buried after all. I know somebody here will tell me what to get. I see it online for sale, but they give no specs on the wire.
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I have repaired some with 16 thwn and butt splices.
Lasted years until the guy sold his house.
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Any conductor will work I used #2 aluminum for my fence. It was about 3000' of wire and through rough soil I did not want any issues.
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Tell him it's time to upgrade.
They have systems now that don't use the underground wire. You just place little "flags" around the perimeter. Not sure how it works but my neighbor has one. Must be like a sensor for a garage door or similar.
All I know is that it works. He said he saw his dog go after a squirrel and barrelled right through it, yelping all the way!
Now the dog knows when to stop!
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My buddy had someone cut through his underground dog fence wire. He asked me if I knew where to get some from.
It looks like 20-22 AWG solid to me? No markings on the wire. Looks like fixture wire? Ballast wire to be exact.

Well, I'm not sure, but bet its just plain old 20 gauge solid. But what about the insulation? It must be buried after all. I know somebody here will tell me what to get. I see it online for sale, but they give no specs on the wire.
Thanks in advance!
Any insulated solid conductor would work.


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Tell him it's time to upgrade.
They have systems now that don't use the underground wire. You just place little "flags" around the perimeter. Not sure how it works but my neighbor has one. Must be like a sensor for a garage door or similar.
All I know is that it works. He said he saw his dog go after a squirrel and barrelled right through it, yelping all the way!
Now the dog knows when to stop!
There is a base station and when they go out of range of the base station the collar goes off. They don't work very well and the range isn't that big. You can buy more base units but they are pricey.
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Amazon, search for dog fence wire. Bunch of it there, but as others suggested, a piece of 14 solid would do. I would think that the real stuff would be good for direct burial.
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Amazon, search for dog fence wire. Bunch of it there, but as others suggested, a piece of 14 solid would do. I would think that the real stuff would be good for direct burial.
That's where I went first, Amazon. But I cannot get any specs on the wire. That is what I want to know. Can I just use regular solid THWN and not buy "their" wire.

Thanks nrp3 and everyone else that helped me. Appreciate it guys.
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Any insulated solid conductor would work.
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That's where I went first, Amazon. But I cannot get any specs on the wire. That is what I want to know. Can I just use regular solid THWN and not buy "their" wire.

Thanks nrp3 and everyone else that helped me. Appreciate it guys.
Fact: you can use 12 thhn stranded.

I know because I have done it. I'm sure 14 would work just as well and of course a thwn insulation would be better for longevity.

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Fact: you can use 12 thhn stranded.

I know because I have done it. I'm sure 14 would work just as well and of course a thwn insulation would be better for longevity.
Thanks. That answers the question.
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Most any type of wire will last for years direct buried as long as nothing (rocks) damage the insulation. I have seem Romex last over 30 years in direct burial. No, I did not install this.
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