Mistakes To Avoid With Electric Fencing


131An electric fence is a useful tool, not just for security, but also for farmers looking to make sure their herd doesn’t wander off. But like any tool, you still need to know how to use a fence in order to make the most out of it.

Here’s a list of the mistakes you want to avoid when using electric fencing, to help you out.

Poor grounding.

The earth must be ground properly to get the most out of electric fencing. Skimping on earth grounding means that the current have to try and travel through an incomplete circle to the charger located in the ground. Proper grounding lets you bury the ground rods nicely.

Different metals.

Bad idea. While metals are conductive, putting two different kinds into contact with each other leads to a chemical reaction. For example, hooking up steel wiring to copper leads to electrolysis, which results in corrosion, and, as a result, weaker shocking ability.

Inadequate training.

Each animal has to learn that the fence hurts, and only then will they avoid it at all costs. Force them to learn that the electric fence hurts as early as possible, and they’ll carry that fear into adulthood, stopping them from trying to escape.

Fenceposts grouped up too tightly.

Government agencies recommend a lot of fence posts for fences, but the issue is that if the posts are too close, about fifty feet of spacing, the fence won’t behave the way it’s supposed to. If something runs into the fence, you want the wire to bend to the ground then pop back up, which can only be done with enough spacing.

Wires tied too tightly.

An extension of the above point, wires need to float past each fence post in order to maintain their elasticity, which you need to get the most out of them.

Kinks in the wiring.

Even the smallest kinks in wiring, especially stiff wiring, is bad. It’s a structural weakness, which will lead to the wire breaking nine times out of ten. If you’re dealing with this kind of wire, don’t use a hammer, as it’ll break it. Best way to deal with it is to cut the damaged section then splice it, then hand-tie it into a square knot.

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