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Re: Putting up hotwires
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Posted by Linda in UT on April 30, 2004 at 09:50:50 from (184.108.40.206):
In Reply to: Putting up hotwires posted by Paula on April 30, 2004 at 07:23:57:
Paula, we use solar powered electric fence chargers for our cattle. Ours are made by www.Parmak.com and they've worked well for us for over 10 years. Ours are 12 volt chargers to hold bulls, but 6 volt will probably work fine for your dogs. But, it sounds like for your application you'll have power handy.
Yes, the ground rod(s) are extremely important. I went to a local electrical supply house and bought the rods & connectors. We left the tips of the rods sticking up where we wouldn't run over them and ran the ground wires from the charger to the connectors on the rods.
No, you don't have to complete the circuit. Meaning, you don't run the wires from the charger and then back to it. The hot wires only connect to the charger in one place and run down the fence from there. Don't make the mistake of looping the hot wire back to the charger and connecting it.
You'll have two wires connecting to your charger - the hot wire and the ground wire.
You don't need especially strong posts to support the hot wire fence. You can either fasten insulators to an existing fence, then run the hot wire (or tape) through the insulators, or you can push freestanding fiberglas rods into the ground inside of your fence and fasten your hot wire to them. Companies sell all kinds of insulators that will fit everything from thin fiberglas rods to chain link fenceposts to T posts, etc.
You can do the installation yourself. There's not much to it. Install your ground rods, install your insulators of choice, run the wires and connect them. Buy an inexpensive fence tester and use it to troubleshoot for shorts in the fence. Visible sparking is not normal, popping sounds along the fence are not normal.
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