Electrical fencing is useful in a number of situations, including keeping livestock on your property and intruders out. Unfortunately, mistakes during installation of the fencing can render it useless and even become a safety hazard. To help ensure your fencing is installed correctly, here are some of the most common mistakes that are made and what you and your installer can do to avoid them.
Using the Wrong Insulators
Since your fence is electric, insulation of the wires connected to and from it is important. If the wires are not properly insulated, there is a potential for harm to you and others who come into contact with the fencing. Poorly made insulators also means that they are not durable and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
When selecting an insulator, there are several materials from which you can choose. Plastic and porcelain are two popular options. Plastic can help you save money and provide you with some durability if it is able to withstand the pressure that is exerted on it when the gate to the fence is opened and closed. Look for a plastic insulator that has a locking pin that prevents it from being turned while the gate is moving.
However, a porcelain insulator is a better option. Unlike plastic insulators, porcelain can withstand for a longer period of time. Porcelain is also not impacted by environmental factors, such as the sun, in the same manner as the plastic insulator. It is a more expensive investment, but it offers the security you need.
Poor Placement of the Posts
One of the biggest mistakes that is made with electric fencing is that the posts are often placed too close together. When the posts are close together, the fencing tends to be too taut. The fencing does not have any give, which could make it easier to snap if something heavy, such as a large animal, pushes against it.
The fencing needs to be spread out enough to allow for it to snap back when it is pushed against by heavy objects. At the same time, it does not need to be spaced too far apart because the connectors can be stretched and broken, which could be dangerous. Your installer can help you determine the right placement. Placement is based on several factors, including the height of the fencing and the soil in which it is placed.
There are other mistakes that could hurt your fencing project. Work with a professional fence company to ensure your electric fence is safely and properly installed.