You’re the boss of your robot mower — with the help of your perimeter wire.
Autonomous mowers allow you to control your lawn care with the simple push of a button. Gone are the days of toiling throughout your yard with your mower. Now you can sit back and trust that your robot’s got it all under control.
But that’s assuming your perimeter wire is there to guide your mower. Because your perimeter wire sets your robots boundaries. Without it, you’d be chasing your robot out of your neighbor’s yard.
So what happens if your perimeter wire breaks? This might seem like the end of football watching weekends.
But don’t worry, your robot can be back up and running in no time. Today we’ll go over how to repair a break in your perimeter wire.
First, how can perimeter wire break?
Perimeter write is built to withstand a lot. But that doesn’t mean it’s invincible.
Maybe an animal causes the problem. Or mother nature creates destructive conditions for your wire. Or maybe it just wasn’t installed correctly in the first place.
Breaks are not a super common occurrence. But they can happen.
So if your mower sends you a message that your boundary wire isn’t working, here’s what you should do.
Step 1: Survey your lawn for damaged wire
You may have buried the wire or you might have left it exposed. Either way, you need to find the root of the problem.
So your first step is to walk throughout your lawn, looking for any damage. If you see any type of disturbance in your soil, that’s a clue leading you closer to the problem.
Also, look for exposed wire. Anything that would indicate that there’s been a break.
Your robot is equipped with technology that can guide you in the right direction. By switching on and off the connection to the perimeter wire in your app, you can find the problem. When the error message disappears, you know you’ve found your problem section.
Just look in your robot’s manual for a detailed review of this process.
However you search, obviously, you need to find the break to start the repair.
Step 2: Prep your wire for repair
Before you fix your perimeter wire, you need to remove the old, damaged wire. Let’s fix the damage.
The fix isn’t complicated. But you want to make sure that you prepare the wire.
Take the old broken wire and remove both of the frayed and broken ends. Now you’ve prepped you wire and you can begin installation.
Step 3: Use a cable connector
You’re going to install your new wire with your cable connector. Make sure to fill it with silicone if you are using a standard cable connector.
Take both parts of the wire where you’ve removed the end. Now place them securely into the openings of the cable connector with the silicone.
See that the wire goes fully in and is tight. You can use pliers to help make sure it is secure.
Now take the cable connector with the two wire ends and bury it into the ground. Make sure to secure the repaired perimeter wire as normal.
Step 4: Verify the wire is good
Go back to your mower. You should no longer see an error message. Now you know that your perimeter wire is repaired.
And your robot is ready to get moving again.
A helpful hint is to always have extra perimeter wire on-hand. You never know when you’ll need a more major repair that will require extra wire.
But today, the crisis has been averted. You’ve got on your favorite team jersey. And your robot is back outside mowing.
So put your feet up, crack open a beer, and enjoy another lazy day.