Selecting the Perfect Electric Fence
Farm Supply Store specializes in electric fences. We know how crucial it is to keep your farms, animals, and gardens safe and secure. In order to find the right electric fence for your home or farm, there are a few issues to consider.
First and foremost, it’s essential to evaluate the primary purpose of the fence. For example, do you run a farm in an area surrounded by wildlife or are you simply trying to keep your dog on your property? Once you know what your specific needs are, it will be easier to know what electric fence supplies you need.
Electric fences can vary in material, the level of power and shock, as well as any additional accessories required. The most popular materials used for electric fences are galvanized steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. There are also electric fences made of rope or tape (synthetic cord with interwoven metal) that are connected to a steel or wood fence post using a plastic insulator.
Whichever electric fence wire you choose, make sure to select the correct fence charger. Particularly if you need to keep wild animals off of your property, it’s vital to opt for a fence that will give a strong shock. In order to achieve this, you will need a high-quality charger and the right electric fence tester. The proper charger and tester will keep your fence running smoothly in the event of lightning, the growth of excessive vegetation, and in various types of weather.
Utilizing adequate earth grounding during electric fence installation is vital to having an effective electric fence system. Most problems in electric fencing are caused by inadequate grounding. An electric fence that is not properly grounded will not perform at its maximum potential and may not adequately contain the animals or livestock, or effectively keep predators out.
For proper grounding, ground rods are driven into the ground, and are joined by a wire leading from the ground terminal of the fence energizer. We recommend a minimum of three, six-foot long ground rods, spaced at least 10 feet apart. The larger the electric fence system and output of the energizer, the more grounding that is needed. A general recommendation is to have 3 feet of ground rod per joule of output capacity. So, a 10 joule energizer will require a minimum of 30 feet of ground rod.
Ground rods work best in moist soil. In dry or rocky conditions, an effective alternative is to use an earth return system in which alternate wires in the fence are utilized as ground wires. Charged wires on a system need to be connected back to the output connector on the energizer, and earth ground (non-charged) wires need to be connected back to the ground terminal on the energizer, or connected to ground rods.