Clever indeed! Wonderful idea - I have a chipmunk/squirrel problem with my garden and am installing the Fencer-2 this week in Virginia. I would like to install this monitor as it can serve as a warning to my wife to turn off the Fencer electricity before going gardening.
Gary, while viewing the videos on the fence monitor, I noticed you posted one on a "New J Fet Pin Pointer Metal Detector". Is there a description of it on the Chemelec website?
Post by Gary Lecomte on Jun 19, 2017 13:16:18 GMT -8
The High Voltage comes in on the Right Side Insulator and travels through the Fence Wire to the Bulb. Than a Spark Gap from the other terminal of the bulb to Ground. This Spark Gap is Set as Wide as Possible but so it still sparks. This way it Maintains as High as possible voltage on the wire. (My Fencer-2 is Set for Multiple Pulses each time it Fires.)
If the Fence Wire shorts out, than the Bulb won't light.
It is also possible to but the bulb at the High Voltage Input and No Spark gap at the End. Due to Insulator Leakages, The Bulb will light on Each Flash, Showing the Fencer is Working. However It will NOT indicate a Shorted Fence Wire. Other than possibly being a Bit Brighter.