Rafter S":2hhuf184 said:I need to put up an electric fence around some hay. Can I ground it to the barbed wire fence, which is mostly steel posts, or will I need to drive a ground rod?
Rafter S":2w7k09ma said:Two responses and two different answers. That cleared it up. If it helps, the fence will be temporary, there will be about 10 head against it 2 days per week, and they'll still be entirely within a barbed wire fence, so if the electric fence fails they won't be able to get out.
Thus the reason to use existing fence if possible.Rafter S":ijddrqar said:Thanks everyone for the input. I'll give it a try. If it doesn't work I can always drive in a ground rod. The big drawback to that is getting it back out when I don't need the fence any more.
I've only done it with the 12 volt chargers. Even during the really sry spell we had for 2 months the polywire still read 7.8 k volts.Farm Fence Solutions":qmnralvz said:It'll work until you backfeed a lightning strike into the ground side of the charger. Low impedance chargers take a more advanced grounding setup than chargers of yesteryear to operate at peak efficiency. Yes, you should be just fine unless it doesn't work. lol