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Plastic fence insulators on t-posts -- alternatives?
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Tom A    Posted 11-04-2002 at 04:11:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been using t-posts and electric fence with plastic insulators the past few years to get all my pastures fenced in a hurry (I do use wood corner and end posts).

The plan was to do that to keep price and time down, and eventually re-fence "at my leisure" with more permanent stuff.

The problem I see now is that the plastic t-post insulators don't last very long. Seems like some break right away when the weather gets cold and most break within a year or at most two.

I've never seen any alternatives for t-posts...was thinking of using the ceramic "nail in" kind, and somehow wiring them to the t-posts.

Does anybody have a better idea? I just want to get rid of the plastic so I'm not always replacing them--it's gonna be a few more years before I have enough leisure and money to re-do the entire string of fence!

thanks for any advice!

Tom


Karly    Posted 09-05-2003 at 10:05:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about wiring a short peice of plastic 'conduit' to the fence post and running the wire through that?


Fawteen    Posted 11-04-2002 at 05:41:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I vaguely recall using ceramic insulators on T posts back in the 60's. Seems to me there was some sort of "clip" that let you snap the insulator on the post. Of course, that was a LOOOONG time ago, and my memory ain't what it usetabe.

What were we talking about again?



LH    Posted 11-04-2002 at 04:33:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I put up a lot of electric fence and use the plastic insulators. There are varying qualities of insulator ever from the same maker. UV rays are hard on the light colored insulators and the black ones seem to hold up better. Also the insulators that hold the wire a couple of inches out from the post seem to fail quicker as well. One alternative is to use the plastic tube insulators that the wirse slides through, then wire each individual one to each post, but thats time sconsuming and a pain if they slide and the fence shorts out. I will say I think Dare makes the best insulator's I've ever used.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 11-04-2002 at 05:21:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dare makes good cookies too LH. I wonder if they make them from the same stuff as they make the insulators?
Later Bob


Bob /Ont.    Posted 11-04-2002 at 04:29:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom I have seen the porcelin ones bolted to a small piece of wood and the wood wired to the iron posts.
Later Bob


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