The last time I posted a video on our YouTube Channel about electric fencing I had done all of the work in 1 day (area prep, posts, wire, etc.), right after the hot summer weather had moved in.
I was hot, tired, grouchy, and it did not make for a great video, let alone a blog. So, to make up for that, I took my time on the next area, which is easily 5-6 times the size of the first area, and am now ready to give you a reasonable post.
The first piece of advise I have to give is to go slow. You can probably grow to hate any project if you are overheated and crunched for time.
I took a day or two a week over three weeks to work on this fence – using the first few cool hours of the day to do it. It made the work much more enjoyable.
The tips I can offer you should you consider installing an electric fence:
- Go with solar:
- We moved our electric fence controller to a more suitable location. It is important for the ground rods to be in moist soil to help conduct the electricity – or rather to make it easier for the circuit to compete itself. Either way, moving the controller was a breeze to do since we have a solar powered controller.
- Using an A/C controller could easily keep you limited to an area where you have municipal power.
- D/C controllers still require recharging or replacing, so why not install one that has it’s own charger!
- Have a helper. It’s just plain easier. (Tweet This!)
- Incredible skill is not required. My helper was our 9 year old!
Set corner posts so that all your lines can be perfectly straight from corner post to corner post.
- The step-in line posts are light-duty and will easily bend to any amount of tension against them. Only use them to support the wire off of the ground, not to change its direction.
- If doing multiple lines, start at the top and work your way down. Especially if your lowest line is close to the ground, it will just get in your way while you are working on the higher wires.
- If you think you will EVER move your ground rods, invest in a Farm/Bumper Jack. We moved ours and it was so, so easy. (lots of other great uses for this tool as well)