Electric fencing provides a psychological barrier rather than a physical one, so there is no need to excessively tension wire. Heavy strainer assemblies are not required either, reducing the overall cost of construction. Electric fence wire should be tensioned to 200 lb. By comparison, conventional fence wire should be tensioned to 340 lb. The tension of each wire can be measured using a tension meter.
RFI (Radio Frequency Interference)
Many farms suffer from RFI. This often results in poor radio reception and an annoying ticking noise on the telephone line. Most Speedrite energizers are fitted with special components and advanced circuitry which significantly reduce the levels of electrical emissions that might otherwise affect adjacent electrical equipment.
One method to train animals to respect electric fencing is to use a small, well-fenced holding paddock. Divide the holding paddock using your Speedrite energizer and poliwire. Introduce the untrained animals to the paddock. The animals will quickly learn to avoid the electric fence barrier.
Avoid using different metals in your electric fence. In damp conditions, when an electric current passes through the differing metals, electrolysis will occur. For example, using stainless steel ground rods and aluminum lead out wire will cause problems. In a short space of time, the aluminum will disintegrate. If possible, keep the wire joints above the soil to improve airflow and reduce electrolysis. Seal the wire joints with thick paint, epoxy or tar to keep moisture away from the joint area. Using identical metals in your electric fence will avoid problems with electrolysis altogether.