Safe & Secure With Electric Fencing – Part 2
An electric fence is one of the best investments that you can make when it comes to the security of your home. Electric fences serve as the first layer of protection for your home. That said, it is important to choose the right person to install your electric fence so that you may have complete peace of mind.
What you want from an electrical contractor:
Electric fences and products are relatively low maintenance and extremely cost effective as a security solution. When commissioning a contractor, keep the following in mind:
- Time to initiate and complete the project
- Installation and maintenance
- Assurance of quality (in the form of guarantees)
- Certification from governing bodies
Good vs. bad fencing:
Unfortunately, not every electrical fence installation is of quality. It often happens that electrical contractors are commissioned on rush jobs, and therefore cannot guarantee optimum functioning.
Additional aspects of “bad” fencing includes: poor earth grounding, using different types of metals, fence-posts that are too close together, wires are tied too tightly to fence-posts (which doesn’t allow elasticity), the fence was built on an old or existing fence, poor quality insulators were used, there are kinks in the wire, wires are too close together, there is no voltmeter, and there is an inadequate charger.
The maintenance of your electric fence must be a top concern because malfunctioning gates can be costly and counteract the security measures that it serves as. The first aspect of maintaining electric fencing is to ensure the area around it is clean. This means removing shrubs, bush growth, small branches, leaves and twigs. This should be done at least once a month to ensure maximum functioning. It’s also a good idea to have line holding fences that keep the fence taut, and you should regularly check the voltmeter, which is used to check that a fence is working and to assist the fence minders to find faults.
Common causes of low voltage in electric fences include:
- Grass and weeds touching the fence
- Insulator damage
- Broken or bent poles
- Broken or sagging wires
- Poor earthing systems
- River crossings.
When it comes to home security, it is better to be safe than sorry. When selecting a contractor to install and maintain electric fences, make sure you have done your research and commission a project that is well-communicated between you and the security provider. Take your time in making this decision, a rushed job is not always a resilient and durable one.
Sources: Electerrific, Gallagher New Zealand, Gido Electric Fencing, Nemtek Electric Fencing Products, Policy Power Tools, Son Security and Property Management, Standards South Africa, Sustainable Farming Connection: Wayne Burleson