Common Electric Fencing Problems, and How to Fix Them

When installing electric fencing around your property, you want to be sure this investment will last for a long time to come. It not only boosts your home or business’s security, but can actually add equity to your property. There are many reasons why people from all levels of society can tell you why they advocate using electric fencing on their properties, so its benefits aren’t disputed. However, few property owners know what problems to be on the lookout for that could severely decrease the lifespan of their fences.

Electric fencing remains the most efficient security fence in terms of cost and installation. Technology is constantly changing to make the installation process even easier and more affordable. However, with new technology comes new challenges that need to be addressed. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that electric fencing failures can be prevented.

Poor Grounding

In order to produce a shock, an electric fence must complete a circuit. You should be generous when it comes to the grounding system for your fence project. Large ground beds in moist soils are most effective, and ground rods should be connected using good ground rod clamps. Metals shouldn’t be mixed when connecting galvanised ground rods. If at any point you are able to measure a significant voltage at the ground rods, the ground bed isn’t large enough. Keep in mind you can’t ever have too good of a grounding system, and that soil conditions do have an impact.

Undersized Electric Fence Charger

An undersized fence charger creates an ineffective fence. It compromises your entire electric fence, and if you don’t size your electric fence charger correctly, livestock only sees the fence as a physical barrier and not as a psychological or pain barrier. How do you size your fence’s charger? You start by identifying the type of animals you are fencing and how much fence there is. Also take into account whether there will be heavy vegetation on the fence line. Most animals are easily contained with a 3 500 to 5 000 volts. It’s always recommended to choose a low-impedance (narrow-pulse) energiser, according to the output joules. The higher the joule rating, the greater the potential shock over a longer fence line.

Bad Connections

Have there been times that you walked your fence line, being unable to find the source of power leakage? Sometimes it isn’t always obvious, and you need to look very closely at the wire connections. The best way to detect a faulty connection is to use a voltmeter and test each side of the connection. If the voltage decreases on one side of the connection, you’ve found the issue. The connection needs to be either fixed or replaced. Connections can fail for various reasons, including:

Crimp sleeve failures;
Loose or improper crimping;
A hand knot that makes poor contact.

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