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Electric Fencing FAQ

Will my animal get hurt when he touches the electric fence?
No, the fence energiser puts out a pulse every second or less so there is time for the animal to get away from the fence.

Why use electric fencing over conventional fences?
Electric fencing is very economical, easy to install and maintain. It also offers better control than conventional fences. Barbed wire and woven wire and high tensile fences are more likely to be damaged by animals, and animals are more likely to be damaged by them. Because animals seldom come into contact with an electric fence more than once because they remember the shock it can last longer than conventional fences.

How safe is electric fencing?
Electric fencing is very safe. There is at least one second between each pulse of electricity in all electric fence energisers. This prevents prolonged shocking to animals or people. In addition, the short on-time, normally 1/10,000 of a second, prevents any heat build up. Fence energisers are tested to make sure that they pass stringent safety measures. Having a short on time and then having the subsequent off time between shocks is what makes the fence energiser safe to use.

Is an electric fence suitable for horses?
Yes. Electric fencing is preferred way to fence in horses as they learn very quickly to respect it. Once they know its there they will keep away from it. The horse will no longer rub against the fence possibly hurting itself and damaging the fence.

Why does my fence energiser make clicking sound?
Electric fence energisers have a pulsed output. Every time it "clicks" it is releasing energy to the fence that has been stepped up or increased through a capacitor and a transformer. This release of energy makes the sound that you hear around every second.

Is it OK to tie the electric fence together?

While the fence will still work if say two pieces of poly tape or rope are tied together this is not an effective way for joining your electric fence. Tying the fence in this way will not provide a secure connection and can creat 'arching' where the current jumps and burns out the fence line. You are much better off purchasing some connectors that will join the fence properly giving great conductivty and allowing more of the poly tape or to be re-used.

How do I test the electric fence is working?

Well, there are a few ways such as dropping a piece of grass on the line or even simply touching the fence. These two methods will only give an indication that the fence is actually working but will not give you a voltage reading. It is important to know the voltage of your electric fence in different places to test how well it is working. For this you will need an electric fence tester or voltmeter which can give you an accurate reading and help you pinpoint faults.

What's the most common cause of electric fence failures?
With electric fences 90% of all problems can be traced to inadequate earth grounding of the system. Your earth grounding system must be perfect for your fence to perform at its best.

Can I use bare electric wire to carry the current to the fence and under my gates?
No. Use heavy-duty double insulated cable for the lead out and undergate wire. Even good hot dipped galvanized wire will corrode rapidly when in contact with the soil. Corrosion leads to electricity resistance and soon there is no connection at all.