FAQ

The most common failure of electric fence is poor grounding. This can result from barren, dry, frozen or heavy snow covered ground. These conditions can be planned around by building a hot/ground system.

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Biting and kicking is the natural way horses express dominance and command control. Cattle are forceful as well and all livestock respect aggression. The shock of an electric fence is far less severe than a bite or a kick but achieves the same psychological affect that animals are accustomed to in the pecking order of the herd. A low impedance electric shock is not cruel or inhumane and does not cause physical injury.

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Hills will most likely have less conductivity than low ground as they can become dry quicker in summer months and are usually the result rock formations.

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When choosing the fence charger it is recommended to not only consider the area being fenced, but to look ahead at fence to be added later. That way the right charger may be purchased the first time around.

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To maintain power when gates are open run underground wire in a PVC pipe or garden hose 12 inches deep. Connect the wire to the tensioners from the top to the bottom so that lower strands can be disconnected if weeds or snow build up and pull down the power.

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The installation of 3 ground rods 10 feet apart is the universally accepted standard for adequate grounding of an electric fence system. Any less may reduce the amount of power returning to the fence also reducing the amount of shock the animal will receive.

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With the exception of barbed wire, electric fence is the most economical fencing that can be installed. Considering that the shock of the fence is the greater deterrent and not the brute strength, the need for elaborate bracing is unnecessary except with high tensile wire. Reduced repair and maintenance of electric fence also adds to the economical value. Over long periods, electric fence requires far less consumption of time and money to maintain compared to most rigid products.

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An electric fence is a less-than-ideal environment on which to conduct electricity. Along the course of the average fence there are many conditions which will divert or impede the flow of electricity. Collectively, these conditions are known as "fence load". Weeds or vegetation growing on the fence line are the most common culprit contributing to a heavy fence load. Green plants draw voltage and amperage from the fence to the earth. Other circumstances can rob the fence of voltage and amperage. Cracked or broken insulators, or insulators of poor design will allow electricity to leak to the fence post and return to earth. Sagging or broken wires can contact un-insulated wires or the ground.Wet weather will magnify all of these problems. When enough conditions exist to draw all of the electricity produced by the fence charger from the fence, the fence is said to be "shorted out." Rusty wire, poor splices, or wire of insufficient diameter to carry the flow of voltage and amperage also contribute to fence load. These problems do not draw voltage and amperage to earth, but they do impede the flow of electricity along the fence, contributing to the fence load. Even the length of the fence contributes to the fence load. The longer the fence, the less ability (or greater capacitance) it has to store the energy supplied by the charger. On very long fences, capacitance can be a major contributor to fence load. Proper construction with quality components, installing an adequately powered fence charger, and good management practices are the key to keeping fence load under control.

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Soil condition is an issue that must be considered when installing electric fencing. Dry or sandy soil may require a fence charger with greater power than in moist areas where green foliage is abundant year around. See improving your ground system on the back cover of your Polytape product for more information on reliable electric fence operation in
arid conditions.
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Location of gates, type, and amount of traffic going through the area is an important consideration. Installing metal gates in high traffic areas and in corners makes handling animals easier. Electric gates are great for pasture separations or implement traffic.

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Because the on-time of low impedance, capacitive discharge electric energizers is so short and there is at least 1 second of off-time between pulses. The pulses can be made up of high voltage and high amperage without causing harm to humans and animals. The short on-time also ensures that heat will not be developed and the potential for igniting fires is eliminated.

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Snow does not conduct electricity and frozen ground reduces the conductivity of normally conductive soil.

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