1. Number of strands.
The number of strands of SAFE-FENCE needed is a matter of your
particular application. 65% of SAFE-FENCE users install 3 strands. 4 strands are needed
only when fencing along busy roads, around crowded areas, smaller paddocks, aggressive
animals or foals.
2. Post and post spacing.
The type of post used is entirely your choice. SAFE-FENCE provides insulators for wood and
PVC pipe, steel tee and round rod up to 5/8" in diameter. With SAFE-FENCE Webbing,
the posts can be placed as far as 16' apart. Any greater distance than 16' voids the
SAFE-FENCE provides gate handles to create webbing gates that are versatile and
inexpensive. We recommend, however, that hard gates be installed where horses are led
through frequently. When installing hard gates use the R-40 End Tensioners at the gate
posts. When installing webbing gates use the R-50 Corner or Two Way Tensioners.
4. Fence chargers.
The A.C. powered, Low Impedance style fencer is the recommended type for SAFE-FENCE
webbing. Solar and 12 or 6 volt fencers can also be used for areas under five acres. The
use of a fencer other than the Low Impedance type may burn spots in the webbing and voids
5. Grounding the fencer.
Ground problems are the most common point of failure in electric fencing. Installing a
"ground field" is the best way to maximize the grounding of the fencer. Dig a 12
foot trench 8 inches deep across the direction of the fence line closest to the fencer.
Drive three, 8 foot long, 1/2 inch galvanized rods into the trench, one at each end and
the third in the center. Using brass ground rod clamps, connect the three rods together
and then to the negative side of the fencer with High Voltage Wire. In areas with
reasonable moisture and plant material a single six foot rod at the fencer may be
sufficient. Do not place ground rods within 50 feet of buried metal, water lines,
utilities, phone lines or metal stock tanks.
- Do not use water lines or existing AC ground rods for fencer grounding.
- Always follow fencer manufacturer's installation instructions.
6. Electrical Connections.
Use only R-28 High Voltage Wire when making electrical connections to maximize fencer
efficiency. You may run the fence in a continuous straight line without returning to the
point of origin. Connect all strands at the point of origin using the R-59 Wire Connectors
with High Voltage Wire. To bridge a gate, dig an eight inch trench between the gate posts.
Run the wire through 1/2 inch PVC pipe. Connect the burial wire to the top strand of the
webbing at the tensioner using the R-59 Wire Connector. Feed the wire through the pipe and
staple the wire up the opposing gate post and connect to the tensioner at the top strand.
Connect the remaining strands from top to bottom with wire connectors and wire on the
opposing gate post. Connecting at the top strand will allow you to disconnect lower
strands if overgrown weeds, grasses or drifting snow reduce fence line power. It is best
to connect the fencer to the fence at a tensioner on a gate or corner post with the R-59
Wire Connector whenever possible. R-28 High Voltage Wire can be run underground for a
distance up to 200 feet from the fence charger to a gate or corner.