Electric Fence

Electric Fence

electric Fence

Electric FenceFast  are great for keeping animals contained or deterring predators from approaching livestock. They can also be used as a barrier around property lines to keep people off land they don’t have permission to be on.

Unlike traditional barbed wire fences that can cause physical injury to animals, a properly installed electric fence will only frighten the animal or human who touches it. The effects of the shock depend upon the voltage, the energy of the pulse, the degree of contact between the recipient and the fence and ground and the route of the current through their body; it can range from barely noticeable to uncomfortable, painful or even lethal.

Most modern fence energizers send very brief (less than 3/10,000 of a second in duration) high-voltage pulses down the conductor every 1-2 seconds. As a result, the current rarely creates heat and is unlikely to start fires. However, dry grass and other flammable material can increase resistance resulting in a weaker pulse.

In order to create a dangerous electrical circuit an animal must touch both the fence wire and a metal rod planted in the ground called a “grounding” or “ground” rod. The grounding rod carries the electricity through the animal and back to the energizer via the conductor, creating the pulse that causes the shock.

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As an added benefit, the lower wire tension of electric fence systems makes them much easier to erect than conventional fencing. Most can be built by the householder without the need for special knowledge or electricians, saving both time and money.

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