Driven Versus Handset Fence Posts

PDSHD8_2010A driven post (i.e, Shaver/KIWI Post Driver) is 10-times stronger than a handset post.  The way the earth displaces when the post is driven makes the post tighter in the ground. A concrete-set post can be as strong as a driven post provided it is set properly and allowed to cure. A concreted post needs a cure time of 3 to 4 days, thus a delay in building until the post is secure with the hardened concrete. A driven post means immediate fence construction. Continue reading »

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What Happens When an Animal Touches an Electric Fence?

An electric fence creates a psychological barrier for containing or excluding animals. It is considered a psychological barrier because the animal receives a memorable electric shock when it touches the fence. After receiving an unforgettable shock, the animal will make a mental connection between the fence and the shock and no longer challenge the fence. The psychology is important because, depending on the animal’s intentions or size, it could probably break through a simple electric fence if it does not receive an intimidating shock.

This psychological barrier is created by connecting the positive terminal of an electric fence energizer to a properly installed wire fence, and the ground terminal to a metal ground rod driven into the earth. When an animal touches the electrified wire and is grounded to the earth (hoof/foot on the ground), the circuit is completed, causing an electric shock. Continue reading »

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Does an electric fence have to make a complete loop?

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A commonly asked question is, “Does an electric fence have to make a complete loop?”

The answer is no, an electric fence DOES NOT have to make a complete loop. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to completing the fence loop.

Creating a continuous loop will increase voltage on the fence line, because power is pushed in both directions. Essentially, with a continuous loop, voltage only has to travel half the distance.

Even though more voltage is better, creating a continuous loop causes difficulty when fault finding a fence line. Due to the voltage traveling in two directions, a digital fault finder cannot distinguish right from left to signify where the amperage drop is located.

In conclusion, only create a complete loop if it is a necessity and if you are trying to increase voltage on the fence line.

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Tapered vs. Non-Tapered Wood Fence Posts

posts1We get plenty of questions about tapered posts and non-tapered posts. What is the difference? Which type is stronger? Which should I use?

Tapered posts are peeled by a high-speed machine that follows the contour of the log.  The finished post has the characteristics of each piece of wood.  Because the tree is tapered, the post is tapered.  These posts are measured by the small end.  The advantage of a tapered post is that you get more wood for the money.  A tapered post diameter should have a 1” taper from small to large end.  For example a 4-5” x 7’ post can range in diameter from 4 to 5” from the small to large end of a 7’ long post.  This is more of the traditional farm and ranch post.

A non-tapered post is a log pushed through a spinning ring which gives a smooth, consistent post.  The lack of taper makes this post about 15% lighter than the comparable traditional post, making them less expensive to ship and more uniform in size. A 4” x 7’ non-tapered post is exactly 4 ¼” from the top to bottom of a 7’ long post.  A non-tapered post is also known in the industry as a perfect post.

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Electric Net Assembly and Storage

Kencove Electric Netting can be erected in minutes with no elaborate list of materials or special tools needed. Manufactured in the USA, the simple, lightweight design allows the fence to be moved and set up repeatedly, making for almost instant pastures and enclosures. And most importantly, an electric net fence protects precious livestock, produce, and even pets from predators and pests. One person can erect an electric net in ten minutes or less by simply unrolling the lightweight netting bundle along the chosen fence line and stepping in the posts. This is possible thanks to step-in posts already built into the netting. There are no pilot holes to dig and no special tools needed. Just apply pressure with your foot. Continue reading »

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