Common Mistakes to Avoid With Electric Fencing

Most people think setting up an electric fence is just as easy as setting up non-electric fences. They do not take into account the sensitivity of the charges associated with electric fencing. Because of this, there are several common mistake people make when setting up their electric fences that render them useless. Below are some common mistakes and ways to avoid them.

Setting up posts too closely
The average fence has posts set up every 50 feet for large fences and even closer for smaller areas. Because of this, people will also set their fence posts this closely. However, because of the tautness of the fence, if an animal tries to break through, they usually damage the fence and uproot the posts. The posts should be spread further apart to allow some give in the fence. This way, if an animal tries to break through, the fence will give some without breaking or uprooting the posts. Since the fence gives instead of breaking, it allows the animal to feel the full force of the electric shock guaranteeing that the animal will think twice before charging the fence again.

Not Accounting for wet weather conditions
It is no shock (excuse the pun) that fences are affected by wet conditions. What is a surprise is that wet grass lying on the fence can absorb the charge from the fence rendering it useless. To avoid this common mistake, keep grass around the fence cut short. Otherwise, if you cannot cut the grass on a regular basis, wire the bottom of the fence separately from the top and install a separate switch. That way, when the grass is high, you can turn off the switch for the lower part of the fence and keep the charge on the upper portion.

Not Enough Voltage
The purpose of an electric fence is to deliver a shock to an animal to keep it in, or out, of the fence. Some people think they have purchased faulty fencing when animals escape because they were not deterred by the shock. However, the lack of shock may be attributed to the setup of the fence as opposed to the fence itself. To avoid this mistake, make sure you install a strong charger. Also, if you do not have a voltmeter, get one. This is the only way for you to know if the shock is strong enough. If all else fails, check the size of your wires. The bigger your wires, the more electricity they carry.

An electric fence is a worthwhile buy if you need to keep animals in your yard. Just make sure you avoid these mistakes when setting up your fence, good luck.

Advantages of Using Electric Fencing and the Classified Shock Level Received

There are many reasons why people install electric fencing around their premises, whether it is a building or a piece of land. Electric fencing is really useful as it acts as a strong barrier to prevent the movement of both animals and people in and out of the contained area. There are three classified shock levels which vary between moderate, painful and lethal.

In agriculture electric fencing provides many advantages. Livestock is usually contained within a field or piece of land and the purpose of the fencing is to stop them escaping. The shock given to the livestock ranges between moderate and painful, but this varies according to the animal that is being contained. For example, the level of electric current passing through the wiring containing sheep will be a lot less than the current passing through electric wiring containing a horse. This is because the thickness of the skin and the pain threshold of a horse is a lot more than a sheep, a stronger current is therefore needed to deter the horse.

Electric fencing surrounding livestock also helps prevent unwanted guests, such as predators or humans entering. For example, farmers keeping livestock such as chickens or sheep often find that predators such as foxes try to access the pens to kill the livestock. Many farmers that have installed this type of fencing around the pen perimeters have seen a massive decline in the amount of livestock lost to kills from other animals. However, when installing electric fencing around your premises you must regularly check the fence to see if has been disrupted or interfered with as the current can easily be lost if the circuit is broken, by objects or animals.

Electric fencing provides many advantages when it is used to guard the perimeters of both high security prisons and closed land borders. The level of electric current passing through the wiring at this level is lethal and will kill on impact.

There are many non-lethal types of fencing that will cause a moderate to painful shock level. This type of fencing is used to protect government properties and military bases from unwanted trespassers. Many airports and private properties are also surrounded by this non-lethal type of electric fencing. Airports use it to protect the runways from wild animals passing through as properties use it to protect against intruders. Accompanied with the electric fence is usually an alarm or a signal of some kind to alert people or animals of the potential danger if they come into contact with the fence.

Benefits of Electric Fencing

There are several benefits to be had from installing electric fencing around your property. Some places benefit more from the installation than others do because some places are more likely to be vandalized than other places are.

Electric fencing allows you to have a tangible, visible, and realistic, deterrent against unwanted visitors on your property. Unwanted visitors are those that would vandalize the premises, steal something from the premises, or someone that could be injured because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is especially true of places that may have dangerous chemicals or tools in areas that children could possibly stumble onto them and injure themselves.

Electric fencing will cut down on the number of times your property is burglarized. This type of deterrent sends an electric shock to the person that tries to breach it without actually injuring the person permanently. The best part of it all is that once someone realizes how painful those electric shocks can be they are reluctant to try another fence that says it is electric fencing.

Electric fencing can be installed to work in conjunction with the CCTV you already have in place. This means that the fence can alert you to the possibility of the intrusion and the police can be summoned to the property with a remote alarm system. This might give law enforcement the opportunity to catch the criminals in the act and take them off the streets for good.

Electric fencing can retain its power to shock when it is tampered with for up to ten hours after the supply of electricity is disabled. So even if a criminal disables the electric they will get a shock when they try to cut the fence, or climb the fence, or open the gate without the proper code. In case of a power outage or a black out you will have no reason to worry because your fence will still be on guard. During power outages are the most frequent times for vandalism and robberies of some types of establishments.

Your property will be safe from thieves, vandals, and others, and your insurance rates on the structures on the property may be lowered because of the electric fencing. When you have this type of deterrent in place you are less likely to have insurance claims filed saying someone was injured on the property, and you are less likely to file claims claiming loss of property due to theft.

This type of enclosure is more suited to commercial properties than to homes in subdivisions due to the close proximity of homes to each other. Most homeowners do not wish to inadvertently cause pain to small children or pets that cannot read the warnings about the possibility of electric shock.

When you do install this type of enclosure signs warning people that they can and will be shocked if they touch the fence must be clearly placed along the perimeter of the fenced off area. These warnings protects you from liability should someone touch the enclosure.