Zareba® Copper Ground Rod

Model #: GR8


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This 8 foot by ½ inch galvanized ground rod helps your fence to perform effectively.

Zareba® Copper Ground Rod

An electic fence system is only as good as the grounding. A properly installed ground system is required for an electric fence to work. Without grounding, electricity cannot find a path back to the fence controller and little or no shock is given.

Our Zareba® Copper Ground Rod helps your fence to perform effectively by providing grounding to the fence system. Measures 8 feet by ½ inch. For use with ground rod clamps (07105-96) and hookup wire.

Zareba® is the largest manufacturer of electric fence systems offering durable, reliable electric fence products for all of your animal fencing needs.


Zareba® Copper Ground Rod - Specifications

  • 8 foot by ½ inch galvanized rod
  • Provides grounding for your fence system
  • For use with ground rod clamps (07105.960) and hookup wire
  • Helps your fence to perform effectively by providing grounding to the fence system

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All About

Proper Grounding

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.



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.



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.

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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 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.


Grounding 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 Dutygalvanized 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.

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