Important: Call to Have Your Utilities Marked
Have you decided to install your own D.I.Y. dog fence? This afternoon project can save you a lot of money. It is important to note that professional installers always call to have their customer’s utilities marked, therefore you should do the same. This is a step that should not be overlooked. To do this, all you need to do is Dial 811 to have your utilities marked. This free service is available in the USA and Canada. When you dial 811, a utilities professional will come to your house and mark your underground electric, your cable, phone, water, and gas lines. You don’t need to own the home, or even be home for them to come out.
If you have a sprinkler system, low-voltage lighting, or self-installed water pipes, you will need to identify their location yourself. When you get all of your wires and piping marked, the installation of your new dog fence will be as seamless and problem-free as possible. It only takes your local utilities companies 2-5 business days to mark your lines. This means that you should be able to get that taken care of before your dog fence arrives.
Here is why you need to know where your underground wires are located. When running your dog fence wire parallel to existing lines, you will need to separate your dog fence wire from your utility lines by 3-4 feet. However it should be noted that you can cross over them perpendicular with no issue.