How to Build Your Own Electric Wire Fencing for a Garden

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Protecting your garden from pests is a complicated task if you’re exposed to the natural elements. In a fenced in suburban backyard, you generally deal with bugs. Out in the rural parts of America, larger game will often invade your space seeking something to eat. Most of these people are growing food to support themselves, either to sell or to eat, so it’s crucial to protect those investments.

Fencing one’s property is one way to do it, but is often expensive and prone to breakage. Electric wire fencing is a sensible solution that farmers use to keep livestock out with a controlled shock meant to deter animals.

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All fencing consists of a few basic elements. You need posts, which are dug into the ground. These are known as insulators, and the wiring is passed through them just like a normal fence. There can be a gate door installed, and the handle can also be electrified.

Below ground, there is usually a pipe that carries the wiring to the fencing. A charger is also near the fence, which helps to regulate the power transferred to the animal when the shock is administered.

Assembling the Fence

Grounding the electric fencing is crucial. A grounding rod must be driven into the ground to reduce the risk of a short occurring. Next, pick a clear day for the installation of your fence. Be prepared for moisture with tarp to provide cover if necessary. You need to protect the fence from moisture as often as possible. Try to space your ground rods about 10 feet apart and make sure you drive them at least six feet into the ground. Be extra careful that your fence is not located near any water sources, like a metal spigot or watering tub. You should touch these with your skin and feel a light shock if a connection is made improperly. If you sense something like this, investigate your connection immediately and see if you can rewire your ground posts.

The final step is to connect your wires together using a wire clamp, or by tying a strong knot into the wiring. Clamps are recommended for the sheer strength, but wiring can be tied in a pinch for a temporary solution. If you do tie the wiring together, make sure that it wraps around itself multiple times, forming a strong bond. When you’re ready, power the fence on and your garden will be protected from invaders.
Jason Governo writes on behalf of the Farm Supply Store. You can purchase electric fencing for your garden online at Farm Supply Store.