Electric Fence Checklist

Once you have sketched your fence you are ready to create a list of all the components and tools you require to construct your fence. To help you with this we have included a basic electric fence calculation and components list.

First, you need to measure the perimeter of the area that will be fenced. Once you have done this you will be able to work out the amount of fence wire you require. You do this by multiplying the length of your fence by the number of wires you plan to use.
For example, if your fence perimeter is 500’ (150 m) and will have four wires, the length of fence wire you require is 2,000' (610 m).

Fence Energizer (model #)  
Ground system
(Underground cable, joint/ground clamps, ground rods)
Spacing (ft/m) - distance between posts  
Number - perimeter feet ÷ spacing  
Corners/Gates/End Points - No. of posts required  
Line (SENTINEL Tread-in, Pigtails, T-post, Metal Pipes, Rod posts)  
Corner* (Wood post, T-post, Metal Pipe)
* For Semi-permanent/permanent fences only
Total length (ft/m) - perimeter (ft/m) × No. of strands  
Poliwire, tape, rope, braid  
Line - No. of strands × No. of line posts  
Corner - No. of strands × No. of corner posts  
Line Insulators  
Corner Insulators  
Gate Hardware  
Reels & Accessories  
General Fence Accessories  
Equine Connectors  
Management and Fence Tools  


Selecting an energizer

Power Source
Select an electric fence energizer power source based on your fencing situation. For example a traditional 110 V plug‑in energizer is great if you need a very powerful energizer or have a very long electric fence. If you don’t have access to an electrical outlet, then a Stafix Unigizer™, portable battery, or solar powered energizer would be the best choice.

Power rating
You also need to select an energizer that will give you the power (energy) rating required for your electric fence. This is stated in joules. More joules = more power. You can find this information on the comparison table at the front of the brochure (pg 3) or in store on the packaging.


For more things to consider when planning a permanent, temporary or solar electric fence see: