Electric Fence Installation

Installing an electric fence is fairly easy. For an electric fence controller, find a weather-resistant location such as a garage, basement, or shed that has a 120 volt polarized outlet, this means an outlet that one blade slot is bigger than the other. Set up the electric fence controller, but do not plug it in yet.

Next, a grounding rod that is at least six feet long and able to be put underground, will need to be installed within twenty feet of the electric fence. The grounding rod needs to be of copper or galvanized. Next, from the controller to the grounding rod, run a ten to fourteen gauge. Apply the grounding clamp to lock the wire to the rod, making sure that the clamp goes through the wire and the rod.

For a secure grounding system, put in two more grounding rods that reach six feet underground. The grounding rods should be ten feet apart. Daisy-chain these rods to the grounding wire.

It depends on the land that needs to be confined on how to set up fence posts. Larger areas of land need to have fence posts spaced from twenty-five to seventy feet apart. A post-hole digger makes installation more efficient. The distance is important, for it must ensure enough flexibility so that there will be no broken connections.

Then, start from the farthest post from the electric fence controller and start wiring, using proper splices and firm connections. Wrapping connections with insulation reduces corrosion. With higher fences, run the bottom wires six to eight inches apart to keep small animals out. Top wires and middle wires should be ten inches apart.

Next, use an insulated ten to fourteen gauge wire like a jumper and connect the rows of wire. When they are all connected, ensure that a connection is made from the electric fence controller to the top wire of the electric fence. Recheck all of your connections before applying power. When you have rechecked all connections, put the electric fence controller’s plug into a polarized outlet. A light on the controller will ensure that the fence is working as it should. To make sure the electricity is flowing through the entire length use a voltmeter to check voltage.