Hello, my first post here so I hope that it works fine ... I have only a short ground rod for my fencer and I always dump the old water on it to keep moisture ... That said nobody has mentioned that there may be T posts which will ground the fence anyway without doing anything extra and there may be ground on any one of those at any given time so grounding to the fence won't make any difference. I know that this works as I have lost birds that either land on the hot wire or the fence and when their tail touched the other ... ZAP ... I find them hanging there. I have goat fencing with the T posts and the standoff electric insulator with a single wire around the top ... Oh yes, the goats don't climb the fence either ...
Alan Legath wrote:I currently have a 4' no climb horse fence surrounding my property with an inner fenced area of about 1/2 acre right behind the house. I have had problems with a bear and a gator climbing over the inner fence so I want to put a few strands of electric wire on the outside of the inner fence. The soil is very dry and sandy and to make sure I get good contact I was thinking of attaching the ground to both the recommended three (3) ground rods, and also to the existing fence wire. I can't find any information regarding using the existing fence as a ground and I am wondering if this is acceptable. As the bottom wire of the fence is already against the ground and even slightly underground in some places I don't think it would be a problem but as I have no experience with electric fences i am looking for advice. My fear is it could be too good of a ground and the fence could become dangerous. Thanks.
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