We get many questions at EZ Dog Fences about twisted wire and how it can and can’t be used. On this page we will discuss what twisted wire is, why it is needed and we will answer many of the most asked questions.
What is Twisted Wire?
Twisted wire is two strands of wire twisted together. The wire twisted together cancels the signal sent from the transmitter in that section of the wire so that you can create an area where your dog can pass over without being corrected. This is most commonly used from the transmitter box to the outside edge of the containment zone as well as off of the outside edge into an area like a pool that you would like to keep off limits to your dog.
Where Do I Get It?
You can either buy Twisted Wire or you can use your existing wire and twist it yourself. If you are twisting it yourself, you will need to take the two wires and twist them so that there is at least one twist per inch, it is best to do more rather than less. Twisting it yourself can be done by hand or you can secure one end of the two strands to a single spot like a door knob or nail in the wall and then take the other two sides and tighten them into the receiver of a power drill where the drill bit goes, tighten the drill bit jack and turn on the drill until the desired twists are completed.
How Do I Use It?
Where ever you want to cancel out the signal from the transmitter attach the twisted wire to both the outgoing and the incoming wires on your boundary wire loop. The twisted wire WILL NOT WORK if you are attaching the twisted wire into just a single wire strand, there must be the two sides (what we call the send and the return lines for the system). For example, if you have the wire coming our of your garage and one wire runs along the back of your house and the other wire runs to the back of your yard and you want to create an area to walk out the back door where the signal is canceled you can NOT just attach twisted wire to the one wire running across the back of the house, this will NOT cancel out the signal.
Here is an example of what will NOT work (the xxxxxxxx is the twisted wire):
An example of how it does work is to attach both wire ends at one side of the twisted wire to your transmitter and then run the twisted wire outside and to the edge of your property, then the wire will split and run all the way around your property and attach at some point on the other side of your house. This will create a containment area that runs all the way around your house and because you have twisted wire running out to it the dog can cross that area without being corrected and thus can run free all the way around the house.
And here is an example of a layout that WILL work (the xxxxxxx is the twisted wire):