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VegLady
Woodville, TX

June 12, 2009
10:48 AM

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I run two large (50 mile) Parmak Energizer 4 chargers, one on a 3 acre garden area and another on a 2 acre area. The two systems are completely independent of each other and identical in every way.

On the 3 acre installation, there's an electric pulse in the ground wire, causing a weakening of the charge. I have eliminated every possibility of a short, replaced both ground and supply feeder lines with insulated wires, had several other people go over the whole system and can't find the cause. The charger unit itself (the actual box) is hot. If you touch the case ground you get a nearly full zap. There's a smaller charge in the ground wire all the way down to the grounding rods (3 six footers).

It's not the unit itself - I switched it out with an identical unit on the 1 acre area and it works fine there. It has to be something in my installation and we can't find it. The installation is exactly the same (or so it seems at least) as the other area installation.

What's most puzzling is the fact that the fence still has a pretty strong charge. If there's a direct short it, should be very weak or dead. Still, though, it's not as strong on the meter as it was before this problem showed-up.

Before I hire an electrician, I thought I'd check with y'all. I'm totally stymied. How in the world is the housing of the charger and the ground wire getting a hot charge? Like I said, I switched to the other fence and no problem with the unit. ????????????

Jack

Editted to add: We also checked the polarity of the 110 supply line - even ran drop cords to a different plug on a separate circuit to make sure of polarity.

This message was edited Jun 12, 2009 5:51 AM

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