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Electric Charger

 

 

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Solar Chargers

When using a solar charger, a battery is required for backup energy.

Grounds

* Your fence shock is only as good as its ground. Over 90 percent of reported shock problems with electric fences are caused by poor grounds.How to properly ground electric fences

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*Follow these guidelines when grounding an electric fence.

  • Use galvanized steel or copper rods; ¾-inch galvanized water pipe works well. Drive them at least eight feet into the ground.
  • NEVER use any area within a barn foundation; stay at least two feet outside all footings.
  • To connect the fencer to the ground rod(s), use number 12 copper electrical wire.
  • Do NOT use discarded telephone wire for connecting ground rods; it is much too light to deliver the proper current.
  • In very dry, frozen, or rocky soil, use more than one rod, preferably three or four, spaced at least three feet apart. Connect all the rods together electrically using number 12 copper electrical wire. Be sure to clean the tops of the rods before making connections and use proper clamps to connect each wire to its rod.
  • If you are installing a multiple strand fence that has one or more grounded wires, use a three or four-foot ground rod every ¼ or ½ mile along the fence. Connect the lowest grounded fence wire to this rod using number 12 copper electrical wire

 

*Reference

Electronic fencer school, Hallman Fence Systems
http://www.hallman.ca/grounds.htm

 

For more forage information contact Dr. Keith Johnson: johnsonk@purdue.edu

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