Electric fences are a very popular method of security. They are much more affordable than their mechanical and magnetic fences, and they do not require you to buy a house or property to install them.
You can purchase electric fences at most hardware stores as well as online. The online businesses are large with lots of brands offering them. They are very expensive at $80 or more for the full system, but if you have little fence needs then it is cost-effective.
This article will discuss how to install an electric fence at home. Doing this on your own will give you the full appreciation of the process, which is where the bullet point comes in.
Make sure you have the correct space for a electric fence
A grid-like space is needed for your fence. This should be a minimum of 24 inches square and up to 36 inches tall. You will need room for the fences posts and wires.
Also, there is a legal requirement to have a fence of at least 6 feet in height. This includes all parts of the body, like legs, or even a human child! A 6-footer would probably be better suited for this job, as they are stronger than an average adult.
Otherwise, try out different types of fencing to find the right fit for you. A wooden fence with plastic covers may be an excellent fit for you!
If you have a really high-crime area that needs reworking, try using non-compressible materials to blend into your environment.
Run the wire along the ground
This is the most important step in how to install an electric fence at home. After you have determined where your fence should be, then it is time to run the wire.
When selecting a power source for your fence, always make sure that it can handle the height of your fence. Some power sources are better at operating in shallow trenches, or on slopes. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s guidelines before attempting to do any wiring at home.
Run the wire along the ground towards your fence. Then, connect the other end of the wire to a electricity source. Put a non-reactive water-proofing material over the wires and create a secure cover on top of them.
Place metal stakes along the wire
Place six to eight inches of wire between the countertop and the bottom of the fence. Then, line up two stakes and connect them with a piece of wire.
Seal the two stakes together with an electrical tape circle and then slide a piece of fencing between them. This is how you install the fence.
To make it easy to repair or take it down, use hot-dip platic to coat the fence surfaces and then glue it down. This method also prevents water getting inside when it rains!
Now you are ready to build your fence! Create a barrier along one side of the property so your dog can’t get through, then build up the rest of the fence on top of that to create a high enough barrier.
Connect the wire to the transformer
Then do it! It’s important to have a transforma tion-transform your fence can handle the power of a zooplus. There are several brands of fence, so make sure that yours can sustain the current needed to connect the wire.
If you are installing an animal-proof fence, this process is even more important. The wire must be connected to the transformer before you connect the gate.
Test the electric fence before using it with livestock
Before putting any livestock or children inside an electric fence, you should test it to see if it works. You can do this by approaching the fence with something in your hand and making a series of clicks when you bring your hand down.
If the foot tips forward in a clear direction of success, then the electric fence works. If not, then take out the money and buy one that does!
Common errors when installing an electrical fence are not using a powered start source and not using enough power to last a few days. Both mistakes will lead to animals getting into the system and dying off due to overuse.
To keep electricity costs down, you can use a cheap lightbulb as a power source.
Keep fences properly maintained
A fence can become damaged or even destroyed easily if it is not maintained. We recommend using specialty tools to install and repair fences. These are also a good source of income as they offer professional services such as training and installation.
When building a fence, start at the top and work your way down. Use durable household items such as boxes, toys, books, etc. to build your foundation. Then use wireCHARGE-LEFTand-FETCH (WCF), electric fence runways or panels to connect the two sides of the fence, add protective covers on the posts and reinforcement in the form of barbwire orauxiliary fencing materials.
Finally, install surveillance devices to keep your dog or child from wandering off.
Replace damaged posts or wires
If the fence is damaged, remove the insulation and wires to prevent them from being exposed.
To replace the posts or wires, start with the bottom piece and work your way up. First you will need to cut a small opening in the top piece for your wire connection. Then you can begin installing your new post or wire.
Some electrical fences use computer software or cell phones as monitors instead of a fence. These devices do not require physical posts or wires!
If you choose to use computer software or a phone as a fence monitor, make sure you have free access to both! It is very important that you have uninterrupted access to these items in case of an emergency.
Bullet point lost? see above under How to Install an Electric Fence at Home for additional tips.
Re-string if necessary
If your fence has a wire running along the bottom, do not attempt to replace the wire if it is not intact. The bottom wire of the fence should be black with copper and have a tag on it indicating that it is an electrical fence.
Instead of replacing the whole wire, you can re-string it as needed. All professional electric fences have a re-stringable rule- tell your neighbor’s not to let you take your dog out as much as possible to keep this from happening.
If you have to repair or replace thewire at home, make sure you take enough time to let it dry before continuing with construction or replacement. You do not want water damage or broken materials taking away from your fence’s strength.