Electric fence maintenance

General maintenance requirements for users

1. In order to maintain the fence in a satisfactory condition the recommendations given in
2 to 5 (inclusive) should be followed by the user of the fence.

2. Do a monthly overview and a detailed inspection on the electric fence every three (3)

3. The monthly overview inspection should comprise the following actions:
a) walking or driving along the length of the electric fence and note and correcting all obviously visible faults on fence;
b) clearing the fence of all vegetation and debris (for example, plastic bags) that cause arcing of high-voltage pulses and that could lower the effectiveness of the fence, (i.e. arcing between an electric fence and vegetation that can cause fires);
c) tightening wires that are visibly slackened; and
d) fixing all broken parts of the fence.

4. The detailed inspection (see point 2) should comprise the following actions;
a) walking along the length of the electric fence and inspecting all components of the fence for faults (i.e. a clicking sound is audible at places where arcing occurs.);
b) fixing all faults reported prior to inspection, tightening all loose wires, replacing and repairing all faulty fence components;
c) inspecting the electric fence energizer installation and ensuring compliance;
d) inspecting the energizer and electric fence earthing system, tightening loose connection wires, replacing worn-out clamps and corroded components;
e) clearing the fence of all vegetation and debris at least 200mm either side and below it and 1 meter above it.
f) inspecting the fence insulators and ensuring that they are in a satisfactory condition. Broken and deformed fence insulators shall be replaced;
g) looking for electric fence wires touching any other component not forming part of the electric fence installation and rectifying to ensure compliance herewith;
h) checking the fence for tautness of wires and tightening faulty wires
i) inspecting all joints and replacing broken rusted clamps (or both), and ensuring that soldered joints are still electrically sound; and
j) inspecting the electric fence installation for faults at gates.

5. The detailed inspections of the fence should not be limited to the items listed here
but should include any other item found to be non-compliant.

Should you need any assistance then contact us
Lee Catterson
LTC Electrical

Vegetation touching the electric fence is one of the most destructive elements facing an electric fence owner.
Under normal conditions your energizer will pulse  voltage onto the fence every second or so and a minimal current will flow in the fence for that time period. This is normal and your energizer is constructed to do this ad last for many years.
However, when there is vegetation touching the fence then that current increases as the additional current is flowing to earth via the vegetation, you may or may not hear a clicking sound at that spot.
The energizer is not made to pulse a high current for prolonged periods and eventually your high voltage coils in the energizer will become faulty.
In addition to that, because your fence is pulsing through the vegetation at near it maximum output, then when a perpetrator touches the fence he may not receive the shock you were expecting him to get

Below is a handy guide on how to care for your fence and get the most out of it.

Fence Maintenance

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