Zareba® Brass Ground Rod Clamps
Proper grounding is vital to the effectiveness of your electric fence system.
Our very durable Zareba® Brass Ground Rod Clamps are for use with 5/8 in - 1/2 in ground rods in your electric fence grounding system. Contains 3 ground rod clamps per pack.
How to Install Ground Rods for your Electric Fence
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Zareba® Brass Ground Rod Clamps - Specifications
- For use with 5/8 in - 1/2 inch ground rods in your electric fence grounding system
- 3 clamps per pack
- All About
The grounding circuit is a critical component of your electric fence and is essential to its proper functioning. The charger, or energizer, is designed to alter the electric charge into a power that is safe for animals and people.
When an animal touches the electrically charged fence wire, the animal feels the electric current as the charge passes through its body. The charge then continues the circuit through the earth to the ground rod and then up the ground wire to the ground terminal of the charger.
ONE WIRE SYSTEM
When only charged wires run the perimeter of the fence, this is called a one wire system. If you have a small area, with one or two strands of wire, a one wire system is what you should use.
One wire systems can also be used when adding on to an existing fence. Running a charged strand of wire on the top of a non-electrified fence will keep your livestock from reaching over the fence and damaging it. This method can be used on barbed or woven wire fence as well.
TWO WIRE SYSTEM
A two wire ground system should be used if there are more than three strands of wire on the fence. The two strand system allows the animal to complete the circuit by touching a charged wire and a ground wire at the same time. The strands on the fence must alternate between a ground wire and a charged wire: one charged, one ground, and then charged, etc.
If you have a large area that needs to be fenced in, this system is ideal. It is also great to contain animals with long hair, or wool, and areas with sandy or rocky soil. Grounding this system is simple. The wires that are grounded will connect directly to the grounding rod or grounding terminal on the charger. The charged wires are connected to the terminal on the charger.More About Grounding»
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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.
>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.More Grounding FAQs»