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    Default Electric fence ground rod ??

    Looked and looked at old post but could not find what you use for the(m) ground rods. What are they? How long are they? How many to use? How far to drive them in?
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    Bruce

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    you can go to Lowes or Home Depot, or hardware store and pick up a copper rod, 3/8"-5/8", bout 3ft long. They also sell a clamp to connect a wire to the rod. Drive it in at least 2 ft, but if you can get it in all the way to with in 2 inches left, that'd be better. You may want to wait till summer to drive it in though. I tried to drive a ground rod last April and made it about 18 inches and bent it. The ground was frozen deeper than that.

    unless you are referring to the posts that hold the wire up... then ignore the above.

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    That is what I was looking for. For a tent camp, is one rod sufficient or shoud we use more? Didn't know how long they needed to be.
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    Bruce

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    Default ROD(s)

    Yup, the more grounding rods the better connected with the mentioned clamps, run parallel the the fence. Several ADF&G wildlife biologists have info on this stuff too. The fella in Dillingham's office gave me a great synopsis of fence construction and theory.

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    Default Grounding rod length.

    We kept our grounding rod as long as we could and still be able to get it in a hard-sided gun case during travel.

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    Yes the longer the ground rod is the better, and more ground rods you have the better.
    Will it make any difference? No, you are looking at an area of only 20x20. One ground rod is all you need.
    If you are on sand or hard ground with no grass or wet soil, you should use two ground wires and a ground rod. You can buy a voltmeter to test how good your fence is working.
    The bear need to get between the ground and hot wire to get shocks or the fence will not stop a bear.

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