Plug in the fence transmitter and check the loop indicator light.

I have a PetSafe Stubborn Dog fence. It has been installed for about two years. After reading all the comments and checking other sites, I was a little apprehensive that this would work, but thought I would give it a try. Spending $2 was a lot better than ordering a locator for at least $50 and waiting for it to come in. I'm pretty sure my dogs would have figured out the fence wasn't working soon. Hooked up the choke and tune the radio to around 600 on AM, it instantly picked up the transmission. Hooray! I then went outside and started walking the 1300 feet of fence. I really don't know how far the signal will reach, it was still transmitting at about 500 feet. I was pretty sure I was in the area where it was spliced so I started digging. My son then took the radio and walked to see what he could find. The signal was good and then he discovered our problem. Something had chewed and broken the wire. I didn't see that on my two visual checks, don't know how I missed it. We also used the radio and with it stopped when going over the cut part. We had an easy fix from there, hardest part was covering the wire I had dug up. Time and effort wasted on my part, but good news is the choke and radio worked with our fence. Now I am prepared if we do have an underground break in the fence. Thanks for sharing this solution. It definitely is better than ordering the detector from the company.

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RFA-50 PetSafe Wire Break Detector easily locates wire breaks. This kit includes everything you need to find and repair complete breaks in underground or above ground perimeter wire. The system emits two different tones that stay constant until the break is located. This system works with all brands of containment systems Including PetSafe®, Invisible Fence®, DogWatch®, Innotek®, PetStop®, and Dog Guard. You can now fix your own wire breaks and stop paying for expensive repairs from professional installers.

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Pet Fence Wire Break Detector‎ You can view the Wire Break Locator Manual to see how quick and easy it is to find the break in your dog fence wire. Our Pet Fence Wire Break Detector can be used for any brand of underground pet fence;to find wire breaks.

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The RF Choke only works on some systems. It works on the older ICT-700 series Invisible Fence, we have not had the chance to try it on the new ICT-800 series digital fences. If the RF-Choke is not working, and sounds like you had everything connected correctly, then you either need to call out Invisible Fence or get a wire break detector, like the PetSafe Break Detector.

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There are many reasons why breaks or opens occur. The 20 gauge wire which comes with both Innotek and Petsafe systems, as well as most quality fence systems, will work fine on 1/3 acre systems. If any breaks or opens occur, though locating and repairing them is possible. If not, the wire would have to be removed and new wire installed. However, on a system 1 acre or over, the taks of replacing and/or repairing the wire is a difficult task. The most common reason for breaks or opens would be poorly connected splices (very difficult to fine). Also common is accidental damage by shovel, gardener equipment of all kinds and from animals. For some reason, which may sound crazy, animals sometimes will dig up the wire and chew it. It is not common, but happens all over our country from a wide variety of animals and small rodents. I have had it happen to lighting wire run on my own deck. Squirrels kept chewing through the insulation on the small 20 gauge stranded copper wire. It does happen. Now 20 gauge wire can be chewed easily, but 18, 16 and 14 gauge solid core is much more difficult. Common sense will tell you that the larger the gauge, the stronger and less likely to be cut, chewed or damaged in any way. The lower the gauge number, the larger the wire size. ie. 14 gauge wire is the heaviest and 20 gauge wire is the smallest and weakest that should be used. If breaks or opens (possibly pulled apart) occur in the systems 1 acre or over, you would most likely need to use a wire break detector to locate the break and as I said before, in desperation run new wire. But first the old wire has to be removed. No fun job. The bottom line here is you want to do the installation once and have it last a lifetime.