We always knew that if we ever had any amount of yard space at our new house that we were going to have to install an underground dog fence. Would we hire someone to do it or should we just do it ourselves? Well, of course I decided it would be good to just do it myself. Knowing that the weather would break and that everyone else would be clamoring to get the coveted line laying machine I decided to reserve the machine from my local hardware and equipment rental store. I am glad I did because, with the machine, it took me a little over two hours to lay just under 1000 feet of line. Yes, we wanted the dog to have a lot of space. In reality I had purchased 1500 feet of line but we did not have enough yard to use it all.
Finding the right system was difficult since there were so many choices. The day before we had to make the final decision we saw on Meg Duerksen Whatever Blog a great review and thought if Innotek PetSafe Underground Dog Fence was good enough for her three dogs it would work for us.
The machine worked great except for when I had to get across the driveway. The cutting went a little harder than expected and more than a few stones were thrown about. I found that if I just put my head down and went quickly that the work was done as well as it could be.
Once all the line was laid and I walked around the perimeter to fill in the hole around the line it was time to splice everything together. When you close the loop of the underground fence it requires that you take two pieces of wire and twist them together so that the signal will cancel out and you can connect the system. I found a very easy way to twist the wire. Hook it up to a power drill and pull the trigger. In moments the wire is sufficiently twisted. The line was laid, the loop was closed and all that was left was to hook it into the system. I just had a horrible feeling after all the work I put in I would see the red light on the system monitor telling me that there was a break in the line. However, I flipped on the power switch and it was green. Whew!
The system was up and all that was left was to lay a perimeter of flags around the fence so that training could begin. Not sure what to expect there but we will soon find out.