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Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:45 am

There was a thread by Bigfoot over a year ago about an electric fence short. I mentioned a short in my system that I could not isolate. I found it.

I have an underground waterproof cable under a gate. The gate exits my winter feed pad which has a base of #2 gravel and is choked off with mine waste run. It sets up like concrete. To fix the short, I would have to break up the pad. The solution was going overhead.

I used 10 foot lond, 2 inch diameter conduit as risers. The wire goes into the conduit at the top of the gate posts through a drilled hole. Fishing the end that came out the second pipe was fun. The 90 degree at the top adds 1 foot of clearance for a total clearance of 11 feet .

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In the bottom picture, you can see where the underground cable that shorted comes up.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby callmefence » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:58 am

It matches your mineral feeders
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:00 am

callmefence wrote:It matches your mineral feeders


I am wondering if the brackets will hold up to scratching.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:10 am

Well , I guess that would work , silly me would have just lag bolted 2 16' PT 2x6's and screwed a China on the top.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:13 am

M-5 wrote:Well , I guess that would work , silly me would have just lag bolted 2 16' PT 2x6's and screwed a China on the top.


16 foot 2x6. What would they cost?

The conduit was $5.64 a piece.

You could use 12 foot 2x4. But may not be strong enough?
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:19 am

You will see why after a summer in the sun
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:20 am

M-5 wrote:You will see why after a summer in the sun


UV breakdown. For the difference in cost. I was willing to see.

The guy at Lowe's said he thought it would hold up longer to UV than using white pvc. IDK
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:29 am

13 bucks a piece for 2x6 , and you forgot about the 4 hangers you bought and the elbows and im sure you prolly glued them also.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:32 am

M-5 wrote:13 bucks a piece for 2x6 , and you forgot about the 4 hangers you bought and the elbows and im sure you prolly glued them also.


6 hangers. Buck a piece. Yep. Elbows too.

I would probably only go with a 12 foot 2x6. Don't need 16 feet clearance.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:39 am

The conduit will try its best to do a 45deg imitation. You may not have a problem up north where your at but here it will not work if you want straight pipes.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:46 am

Looks like the starboard one is to low to me. When you're rigging at least make it eye pleasing.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:58 am

I'm a neat freak. I know when your farming, you have to lay that down, to get some things accomplished, but I like the looks of that. I'm going to start doing mine that way.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Texas PaPaw » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:34 am

Just drive a t-post in ground and then slip the PVC over the t-post. Can then wire or clamp pvc to adjacent post for more support if desired but not required. Have a few done this way for several years and works well. Not really necessary to run hot wire inside pvc or use elbows. Just cut notch in top end of pvc and run wire thru notch. If want to be more complex can put eyebolts thru top end of pvc and run wire thru eye but for me have learned that is overkill. Notches work just fine. The grey pvc is what I use and if have enough tension on the wire the pvc flexes a little but not badly. I only use 6ft t posts but could use 8 ft for more support if flex is a concern but has not been an issue for me. Wasn't a problem in 2011 when we had many 100+ degree days and a few 108-110 degree days. That grey pvc is pretty tough stuff.
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby dun » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:57 am

Don;t get much wind there apparantly
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Re: Overhead Electric Fence

Postby Bright Raven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:59 am

dun wrote:Don;t get much wind there apparantly

Not often like out west but we get wind.
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