Electric Fence Woes
My newly installed electric fence is not outputting any voltage. We fenced off about 3 acres of land by stringing new 17 gauge wire (single strand attached to wooden fence posts using plastic insulators). We've purchased a new Gallagher 110 Yardmaster electric fence controller (which is good for up to 8 acres) to connect the wire to. The ground wire is insulated and capable of handling 20,000 volts. It is attached to a 4' metal grounding post using a brass post clamp. The grounding post is pounded into the ground with about a foot sticking out. The "hot" wire is the same type of insulated wire as the ground, and it is wrapped around the fence wire. None of the wire is touching anything other than the insulators. All grass/weeds have been removed.
Everything seems to be connected correctly however there is very very little voltage output. You can grab the wire and not feel anything. I'm assuming its a grounding issue but we can not figure out where. The soil is very wet (its been raining for weeks) so should be conducting well. When we test the controller with a metre we get the proper output, when we test the ground to the leading hot wire we get about half. If we go 2 feet down the fence line we get barely anything. 50 feet down and it reads nothing.
At this point now I am ready to tear my hair out. We have switched grounding posts but it made no difference. We connected two other grounding posts to the first and that lowered the output reading even more (which makes NO sense to me)
Does anyone have any idea WHAT might be happening? The farm store and all our neighbours and friends are perplexed as well.
Desperately in need of help,