ElectroBraid® 8 ft Sectional Ground Rod Kit
The ElectroBraid® 8-foot sectional copper ground rod kit provides necessary grounding for your fence system, and is easier to install than conventional ground rods. The ElectroBraid® sectional copper ground kit uses the best materials, and ensures that your fence system can function properly, keeping your horse safe. Each kit includes:
- 4 two-foot copper-clad ground rod sections
- a specially-hardened steel tip
- an anvil
- a copper-clad ground rod clamp
Why should I use a sectional ground rod kit?
Conventional grounding rods can be difficult to use. That’s because typical grounding rods are usually six to eight feet long – making them tough to transport, and even more difficult to install. All of that has changed, thanks to our revolutionary sectional copper ground kit.
What makes a sectional ground rod easier to use?
Instead of a single six- to eight-foot copper rod, each complete kit contains four individual 2-foot copper-clad sections. These smaller sections make the sectional copper ground kit simple to transport, and very easy to install.
Rugged construction and reliable performance
ElectroBraid® fencing components are made to be durable and perform as part of the high-quality copper-based ElectroBraid fencing system. Proper grounding is critical for electric fencing to work effectively and keep your horses safe. The copper sections and copper-clad clamp prevent galvanic corrosion between metals. We have also provided you with quality parts that help with installation:
- Anvil provided to protect rods from damage when hammering
- Hardened steel tip helps break through rocks
How many kits will I need?
Use a minimum of three copper ground rods, spaced at least 10 feet apart in a triangular configuration, to complete each ElectroBraid® fence system. Look for soil that is wet or moist year round to place your ground rods. With dry, rocky, sandy or frozen soils, you may need more ground rod kits. Also, longer electric fences often require grounding systems with multiple rods.
The importance of proper grounding
Did you know any electric fence is only as good as its grounding system? In fact, most of the time, if a fence is not working; the problem can be traced to improper grounding. Grounding is an essential part of your electric fence system, and the effectiveness of your electric fence and the safety of your animals depends on it. If the ground terminal of the charger is not securely grounded, the path of electric current cannot be completed and the animal will not feel the shock.
How grounding works
It is important to understand how and why you need an effective ground system. For an electric fence to provide an effective shock, an electric circuit must be completed. That means the electrons passing along the fence must pass through the animal and then return back to the charger. The electrons can return to the charger either by travelling through the ground to the ground rods or through the negative (grounded) strand on your fence, which is connected to the negative terminal on the charger.
Ground rod placement
The first step of installing ground rods is selecting the right location. Ground rods should be placed at least 25 feet from your fence charger and near the fence line, but at least 50 feet away from any underground piping, cable or other grounding system. A ground rod closer than 50 feet to a waterline (even if the waterline is plastic) may cause signal interference in your home computer, phone, radio or TV. Ground rods closer than 25 feet from the energizer may damage the energizer during electrical storms.
How to install a sectional ground rod
TIP: While pounding in your ground rods, apply a steady stream of water at the entry point. This helps soften the ground for easier installation.
- Using a wrench, tighten the hardened steel tip onto the male end of the first 2-foot ground rod section. This makes it easier to break through rocks below the ground.
- Place the black anvil onto the female end of the ground rod. This will protect the threads on the end of the ground rod from becoming damaged during installation. This anvil is removed, and reused for each 2-foot section.
- Using a rubber mallet, simply hammer the first section into the ground, with the specially designed anvil on the end you are hammering, and the hardened steel tip in the ground.
- Attach the additional sections, repeating steps 2 and 3. Place the anvil on top before hammering each section into the ground, to prevent damage to the threads. Make sure that the last segment is about 5 inches above the ground. When all 4 sections are in the ground, you will have a full 8-foot ground rod.
- Use a wrench to tighten the ground rod clamp onto the final ground rod section. Then thread the copper lead out wire through the bolts of the ground rod clamp. ElectroBraid® High Voltage Insulated Copper Lead Out Wire is designed for this purpose.
- Tighten the wire to the clamp with a wrench. Strip a ¾” length of the insulating jacket and secure with cable ties for a trouble-free, permanent installation. Connect the ground wires, and repeat with more Sectional Ground Rods to complete your ElectroBraid grounding system. After all ground rods are connected, connect one ground rod to the negative terminal on your charger.
- Finally, leave a loop of slack wire near each ground rod to allow for possible soil movement. Be sure the tops of the ground rods are buried below the surface of the soil to avoid ground wires getting broken or disconnected. Use small indicator flags to show where the ground rods are buried.
A grounded fence strand recommended
We recommend using a negative (grounded) strand on your fence so that you can add an extra ground rod, if needed, in a wet area near your fence. No matter how dry the soil condition, a negative strand on your fence will deliver a shock to any horse that touches both the negative (grounded) strand and a positive strand of Braid™ at the same time.
CAUTION: Do not confuse or combine ground rods for your house with ground rods required for an electric fence charger. The ground rods used with a fence energizer act as receivers for electron flow. Grounding is one of the most critical elements in any electric fence system. Over 95% of all electric fence problems result from poor grounding.
IMPORTANT: Check with local utility companies to locate existing underground cables, power lines or pipes before you install your fence posts and ground rods. When you install a solar powered energizer, be certain to position it away from shadow or possible animal contact. Face the solar panel towards the equator or at an angle to allow maximum exposure to the sun.
At a Glance:
Instead of a single six to eight foot copper rod, each complete kit contains four individual 2-foot copper-clad sections, which is what makes the revolutionary Sectional Copper Ground Kit uniquely simple to transport, and very easy to install. Three sectional ground rod kits, spaced at least 10’ apart in a triangular configuration, are recommended to complete each ElectroBraid® system. Dry, rocky, sandy or frozen soils may require more sectional ground rod kits. Also, longer electric fences often require grounding systems with multiple rods. Here’s all you do...
Insert the male end of the ground rod into the hardened-steel tip
First... select the right location -- it should be within 25 feet of the energizer and 50 feet from any other grounding system. Using a wrench, tighten the hardened steel tip onto the first 2’ ground rod section. This makes it easier to break through rocks below the ground.
Place the black anvil onto the female end of the ground rod
This will protect the threads on the end of the ground rod from becoming damaged during installation. This anvil is removed, and reused for each 2’ section.
Hammer first section of the ground rod into earth
Using a rubber mallet, simply hammer the first section into the ground, with the specially designed anvil on the end you are hammering, and the hardened steel tip in the ground.TIP: While pounding in your ground rods, apply a steady stream of water at the entry point. This helps soften the ground for easier installation.
Attach next 2’ section on top of the rod that is in the earth
Place the anvil on top before hammering each section into the ground, to prevent damage to the threads. Attach the additional sections, repeating steps 2 and 3 -- make sure that the last segment is about 5 inches above the ground. Once all 4 sections are in the ground, you will have a full 8’ ground rod.
Attach the clamp to the ground rod & the wire to the clamp
Use a wrench to tighten the ground rod clamp onto the top ground rod section. Then thread the copper lead out wire through the bolts of the ground rod clamp.
Tighten the wire to the clamp with a wrench
Connect the ground wires, and repeat with more Sectional Ground Rods to complete your ElectroBraid® grounding system. It’s really that simple! The ElectroBraid® Sectional Copper Ground Kit uses the best materials, and ensures that your fence system can function properly, keeping your horse safe.
ElectroBraid® Braid will not rust, rot, lose strength due to sunlight or weathering, break when installed as a permanent fence or prove defective in workmanship or material. Any reel of ElectroBraid® Braid that is defective will be replaced at no charge to the purchaser. This warranty is in effect for 25 years from the date of purchase.
Electro®Braid Copper Sectional Ground Rod Kit - Specifications
- Includes four individual 2-foot copper sections that screw into one another
- Includes a hardened steel tip that breaks through rocks while it is being driven into the ground
- Includes an anvil and a ground rod clamp
- Easy to transport
- Easy to install
- Provides grounding for your fence system
- Helps your fence to perform effectively by providing grounding to the fence system
Disclaimer: Zareba® System does not endorse any information contained in product reviews. Please follow all label instructions for your specific use.ElectroBraid® Copper Sectional Ground Rod Kit is rated out of 5 by 2.Rated 3 out of 5 by Andrew from Nice rod but plastic fitting flimsy I purchased 4 of these rods for my electrobraid installation. I have very sandy dry soil so needed lots of rods to improve grounding conductivity. The rods themselves are very nice and the sectional format should make it much easier to pound into the ground. Unfortunately the plastic cap supplied with the kit is too soft and just crumbles on impact, even in my soft sandy soil. I then had to use a corkscrew to fish out the plastic bits from the treads. I could only get three of the four 2 ft sections into the ground before the cap disintegrated. So I'm pretty disappointed, you'd think the high price would mean high quality.Date published: 2016-08-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Amazon Review A sectional ground rod is a thing of beauty. It is much easier to install section by section and one only needs to use the number of sections required for the soil, This is a very heavy well made product and I am ordering a back-up in case I can't get this one out of the ground somewhere. I am using this with a portable 8.5K generator with my trailer.Date published: 2013-06-25
Follow the instructions in the owners manual, they will guide you through the process. One terminal of the charger will connect to the fence while the other terminal will connect to earth ground wire. Click on image at right to enlarge.
Sandy, dry and rocky soils may require a ground-wire return system or "Two Wire System".
Make sure you have connected the grounding rod properly: It must go to the ground terminal on the charger. Do not make the mistake of connecting it to the fence wire or fence terminal!
Longer fences or areas where the soil is dry rocky or sandy may require more grounding rods. Multiple rods should be 10 feet apart and 50 feet from any other grounding system. Each rod will then need to be connected using insulated wire.
Grounding rods may be copper or galvanized. The benefit of copper is that it transports the electrical charge more efficiently than the galvanized rod; however, it is more expensive than a galvanized rod.
Answers to the FAQs
Q: How does a ground system work?
A: An animal touching the fence wire and the earth simultaneously provides a path for electricity to follow.
The electricity passes through the animal into the soil and back to the ground rods, which are connected to the ground terminal of the fence charger. Only then is the circuit complete and the animal receives an electrical shock.
Q: What type of hook-up wire should I use?
A: We recommend an 8-foot ground rod/clamp/20,000 volt insulated hook-up wire in most cases.
Q: Besides the charger, posts and fence wire, what else do I need for properly grounding my fence?
A: You’ll need several other items to properly ground your electric fence. Here's what we recommend:
- (Three) 6-foot or 8-foot copper or galvanized 5/8" ground rods (A-7, A-21 or A-22)
- (One) insulated hookup wire, 12 ½ or 14 gauge
- (Three) Heavy Duty galvanized ground rod clamps
- Line clamps to connect insulated hookup wire to the fence line. The type of clamp used will vary with the type of fence line you are using.
Q: How do you check your grounding system?
A: Check your ground system by placing a metal rod (12-18 inches) into the ground at a distance of about 3 feet from the ground rod(s).
Attach one voltmeter lead to the metal rod and connect the other lead to the ground rod. If the voltmeter shows more than 500 volts (0.5 kilovolts), it will be necessary to replace the existing ground rod by a longer one, or to add more ground rods. The distance between any two ground rods should be at least 10 feet.