Perimeter Wire Installation

Pegged VS Buried



  • Easier/quicker installation
  • Easier/quicker to adjust
  • Eventually, it is just as hidden as burying
  • Somewhat easier to find breaks


  • More prone to be cut by the bot
  • More prone to be pulled up by children (until hidden)
  • Requires the use of a TON of pegs, there is NO way around it.
  • Never hidden in areas with little or no grass (under trees, etc.)



  • Hidden quickly
  • No breaks due to mower blade
  • Requires less amount of pegs
  • Hidden in areas that might have little or no grass (under trees, etc)


  • Proper install (personal opinion) requires pegged first, which doubles the work
  • Hard WORK! Not as bad with 2 people
  • Hard to adjust after it is installed
  • Hard to find breaks (if you get one)
  • Hard to even know where the wire is
  • Hard to install around trees (roots)

Splicing the Wire

I've found using butt connectors to work very well. Only drawback is that if a parameter wire is snagged by something, the wire may be pulled out of the butt connector even if it is underground. This can make finding the break much harder.

Perimeter Wire Troubleshooting

If you have buried your wire, finding the break can be difficult. But, it has been learned that if you use an induction amplifier (test/tone probe kit, available at stores such as Home Depot for tracing wires) you will hear a sound coming from the wire produced by the transmitter. If you disconnect the return wire from the garage, you can then use the induction amplifier to find where the sound stops to locate a break underground.

Here is an example video where I didn't disconnect the return wire.

Youtube Video

install/parameterwire.txt · Last modified: 2013/10/18 00:13 (external edit)
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