Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. What’s the best energiser type for me – battery or mains powered?

 

Mains powered is the most suitable for a permanent fence that has a mains supply nearby, it can also be housed indoors and a cable can be used to run to the fence. Battery powered is great for temporary fences or where no mains power is available, as they can be kept outdoors.

 

2. How many posts will I need to use on my fence?

 

The recommended amount would be an average of one every ten metres. One of the great advantages of an electric fence is that there is much less material required then for a traditional fence, so it’s easy to erect and take down. Insulators are also needed for the wood posts.

 

3. Is it better that I have a more powerful energiser than I need?

 

The bigger the output from your energiser, will increase the amount of power needed to run it. This will increase the cost. Although giving yourself some power over what you need, which will be useful if the need arises to increase the length of the fence.

 

4. There doesn’t seem to be much of a kick off my electric fence?

 

Any fence should have a minimum of 3000 volts running at any point in the line. Bear in mind that with the animal having possibly a wet nose, bare feet, and standing on wet ground its experience of touching the fence will be different from yours.

 

5. If I don’t put the fence line in a loop will it still work?

 

Yes the fence will still work as it is the animal making contact with the fence that creates the loop in the circuit.

 

6. Is it a problem if grass/vegetation is making contact with my electric fence?

 

Yes this will definitely cause problems with your electric fence as anything touching the fence will cause it to ‘leak’ power causing the fence to be less efficient. This includes but is not limited to weeds, wooden posts, barbed wire, branches of bushes, and grass.

 

7. Why does my electric fence seem to not work as well when the weather is dry?

 

When the weather has been dry for a while this inevitability causes the soil to dry out. This makes the soil less conductive and reduces its effectiveness. You can combat this by increasing the number of earth stakes and wetting the ground around the earth stakes.

 

8. Will the electric fence hurt my animals?

 

No, the energy through the fence is sent in pulses which allows the animal to move away. What the animal experiences is similar to cramp and after touching the fence a few times most animals will learn to avoid the fence.

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