Electric Fence Wire Kit – Choosing the Right Conductor

There are several different types of electric fence wire kit tapes and braids – frequently called “conductors”. Knowing which one to choose can be confusing if you’re new to this type of fencing.

Poly Wire is the most common portable/temporary fence conductor – it’s a light weight, durable and powerful electrical wire with a narrow mesh of conductive plastic threads embedded in thin metal wires. When energized, it delivers a strong shock to deter pests like rabbits and mice from entering the garden.

Another good choice is a high quality electric netting fence. This is particularly effective for keeping smaller animals such as racoons, squirrels and cats away from the garden. It also helps keep larger predators like deer away from gardens (deer have been known to jump over these electric netting fences).

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Both of these types are more visible than wire and can be seen from a distance so they make great temporary fencing material. If you want a less visible but equally effective option try polyrope. This carries more electricity than polywire and has stainless steel strands woven in the rope that help ensure maximum current flow.

Once you’ve decided on your preferred fence conductor and where you want to string it, you can start building your fence line by setting up the grounding stakes. You’ll want to make sure you have a grounding rod or rods (galvanized only) that are rated for 10,000 volts or higher. The best way to test your grounding system is to use a Dare #2411 Digital Voltmeter and a wire probe that you extend from the voltmeter to the grounding rod or spike. Repeat the process until the meter reads 300 volts or less.

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