Hello, I just finished putting up my first electric fence and when ending the line, I wrapped it back up from the bottom line to the top so it is touching all rows of the line again. Then I ended it on the top line just by wrapping it around a few times. In my mind I thought having it touch each row would make them all have even voltage rather then it getting weaker the further down the line it goes. But now I am second guessing and not sure if this will cause damage to the solar fencer or cause other issues. Will all the hot lines touching each other cause an issue? Thanks for any help in advance! P.S the top line is the first one coming from the fencer.
I'd say that not only is what you've done no problem, but desirable. The benefit is to provide multiple paths for the electricity to flow, thus if there is a break or weak point in one wire the electricity can flow through the other wires to the end of the fence, and then back up the the affected wire to the break point. You've made resilient fencing!
My electric fence for our pigs is set up separate. Meaning i set it up with its two strands and than tie it off to itself. Than i hook onto the fence line using house wiring(which is insulated wire) from the energizer . I just simply wrap it around the fencing.
So all i need to do is set up where ever i need to do the fencing. Get it taught, and than attach onto it with the house wiring.
jordan barton wrote:Than i hook onto the fence line using house wiring(which is insulated wire) from the energizer.
Just to be really clear here ... you're using standard "household" electrical wire to connect the energizer to the fence. Hello internet, that's not connecting the fence to the AC power in the house! Big difference.
Jordan - how's that working? And any reason you are using THHN or Romex instead of the insulated fence wire? (um, cost & availability?) The catch is that the household wire is rated for 600v, and electric fences can run in the 10,00-20,00 volt range. I'm not convinced that the conducting wire itself is any different or less capable (copper is a much better conductor than steel), but my electrician tells me its an issue of insulation - specifically how thick it is. The insulated fencing wire (for running underground, through structures, etc) has REALLY thick insulation, maybe 20-30x more than THHN has. The whole issue of insulation as safety is kinda funny because we're trying to energize a BARE UNINSULATED wire, but there are places we want the juice and places we don't so insulation is helpful.
Anyway, I'm curious to hear of any benefits or liabilities you've found in using household wire.