How to construct an electric fence. 2006.
How to construct an electric fence
Follow this step-by-step guide to what you need to know when putting up an
electric fence to ensure this is done safely and effectively.
Always follow the instructions supplied with your fencing equipment and if you are
unsure contact the manufacturer or ask in store for advice.
Step 1: Consider the type of fence
If you wish to move the fence regularly, always buy lightweight portable products
such as plastic posts, polywire & tape, reels and battery powered energisers.
When a permanent fence is necessary, use wooden posts with high quality
insulators, or our self-insulating Electro-wood. High tensile wire is ideal for farm
livestock but Electro-rope and tape can be used with special insulators for horses.
Step 2: Consider what type of animal is to be fenced
For horses, high visibility conductors are recommended such as tape or rope.
Slow moving cattle or sheep can be contained with polywire or steel wire.
Nocturnal, feral animals and wildlife will need a physically strong construction as
they will not see most wires and simply run into the fence and knock it over in the
Step 3: Choosing the correct energiser
This depends on the length of the fence, amount of vegetation likely to grow on
the conductors, type of fence-line material used, animals to be controlled and
whether a local 230v power source is available.
Mains Powered Energiser: Where possible, always use a mains powered
energisers sited inside a building. Running costs are low (unlikely to exceed
£15.00pa) but best of all, no batteries to go flat and less likely to be damaged by
Dry Battery Powered Energiser: If the fence to be moved daily, use an
energiser with an internal battery such as ESB25, ESB115, ESB120, ESB135,
ESB145. These are lightweight and easy to relocate, require no maintenance and,
generally, last 4-6 months before replacement is needed. These batteries are not