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Over the past few years the popularity of electric fences has increased tremendously, and it continues to do so. This is no surprise if one considers the excellent security it provides. Not only does it keep intruders (humen, aminals) away from your loved ones and valuables, but it stops them at the perimeter of your property, rather than warning you only when they are already inside. What makes this an even more attractive security measure is the fact that these fences have evolved over the years and there is no need for these fences to be an eyesore on your property. Neat, aesthetic fences that are just as effective have replaced the bulky, unsightly fences of yesteryear. These fences are available from a number of chioces, but before your rush out and get one, you have to make sure you pay specific attention to your electric fence energizer.
The protection offered by an electric fence lies in the shock it delivers to an intruder touching it. It is therefore imperative that this fence receives the right amount of voltage, and that this power supply is not interrupted. The electric fence energizer is the little device that ensures that this happens at all times. The energizer converts the 6-12 Volts from the battery or solar power supply to direct current. Non-lethal pulses of 9,900 Volts are generated to power the fence. Although this might seem like a lot, electric fences use very little electricity. This is, however, the maximum allowed by law, ensuring that your fence delivers the most protection it can.
Your electric fence works by completing an electrical circuit whenever an animal or humen touches the fence. The electric current originates at the energizer, travels down the fence and goes through the animal to the ground. The soil then transmits the current to grounding rods which are connected back to your energizer, completing the circuit and delivering a corrective shock to the animal.
Most fences will need two or three grounding rods, spaced about ten feet apart, near the beginning of the fence. Very dry or rocky soil may require additional ground rods. These rods are either six or eight feet high and are installed by simply pounding them into the ground. The tips are hardened steel which allows them to splits rocks. They are very tough, so pound away.
Once the ground rods are installed, you need to connect them to your energizer. Start by running insulated wire from your energizer to the nearest ground rod. Use a ground rod clamp to connect the wire to the rod. Continue to connect each rod to its neighbor using the same method.
Finally, connect the insulated wire to your energizer. The energizer has two connectors, one for the live wire and the other for the ground. Look for the ground symbol to be sure you’re connecting it to the correct side.
SCO Solar Power Fence (electric fence) systems provide all the products you need to build a safe, cost effective electric fence system.
Compared to a conventional non-electrified fence an electric fence system offers many advantages. It acts as a psychological barrier and is therefore safer than a traditional fence. In farming, animals remember the short, sharp but safe shock and learn to avoid the fence, thereby reducing the chance of injury and the amount of wear and tear to your fence.
Electric fences are also very economical costing as much as 50% less than traditional non-electrified fences. An electric fence is also easier and takes less time to build, saving you time and money.
Electric fencing is ideal for containing all types of animals: from horses, sheep and cattle to elephants, tigers and even chimpanzees. A SCO Solar Power Fence System is renowned worldwide as a safe, trusted fencing solution.
Visit the ‘what is electric fencing’ and ‘what are the uses and benefits of electric fencing’ sections to find out more.
You can also download our 'Keep Safe with Electric Fences' flyer to find out the 'do's and don'ts' of electric fencing on farms.
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