How to Test an Electric Fence

What You'll Need
Heavy-duty gloves
Your choice of tester (continuity tester, Five-light voltage tester or voltage meters)

They key to a long-lasting and functional electric fence is regular troubleshooting. You shouldn’t wait until your farm animals or house pets are already on the loose before you check for breaks.

Step 1: Using Continuity Testers

The continuity tester is the most basic type of fence tester. It is composed of a small light bulb, hanging hook, metal strip and a peg attached to the tester through a short cable.

Hang the hook to the fence wire and insert the peg to the soil. Once the metal strip comes in contact with the wire, the light bulb will blink. If the bulb lights up, the fence circuit is properly working.

Continuity testers are sold at less than five dollars per piece.

Step 2: Using Five-Light Voltage Testers

The 5-light voltage tester works the same way as continuity testers. However, it also records the voltage levels of the fence; from one to five kilovolts. You can buy these testers at ten dollars each.

Step 3: Using Voltage Meters

Voltage meters are the most sophisticated fence testers. They can accurately measure fence voltages up to 10 kilovolts. Prices range from thirty-five dollars to fifty dollars.