Install Your Fence

Once you've selected your energizer and accessories, you're ready to build your fence.

Before you begin, check the local zoning law guidelines for your area and check with your local utility companies to identify any buried cables or natural gas lines on or near your property - before you start digging.
 

Installation Tips

Wire Tension
Electric fencing provides a psychological barrier rather than a physical one, so there is no need to excessively tension wire. Heavy strainer assemblies are not required either, reducing the overall cost of construction. Electric fence wire should be tensioned to 200 lb. By comparison, conventional fence wire should be tensioned to 340 lb. The tension of each wire can be measured using a tension meter.


RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)
Many farms suffer from RFI. This often results in poor radio reception and an annoying ticking noise on the telephone line. Most Patriot energizers are fitted with special components and advanced circuitry that significantly reduces the levels of electrical emissions that might otherwise affect adjacent electrical equipment.


Animal Training
One method to train animals to respect electric fencing is to use a small, well-fenced holding paddock. Divide the holding paddock using your Patriot energizer and poliwire. Introduce the untrained livestock to the paddock. The animals will quickly learn to avoid the electric fence barrier.


Mixing Metals
Avoid using different metals in your electric fence. In damp conditions, when an electric current passes through the differing metals, electrolysis will occur. For example, using stainless steel earth rods and aluminium lead out wire will cause problems. In a short space of time, the aluminium will disintegrate. If possible, keep the wire joints above the soil to improve airflow and reduce electrolysis. Seal the wire joints with thick paint, epoxy or tar to keep moisture away from the joint area. Using identical metals in your electric fence will avoid problems with electrolysis altogether.

 

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