Differs from temporary fences because it uses more strands; uses conductive rope instead of twine; and does not include windup reels.
Why rope? Because it withstands wind, snow and light ice storms better than twine, polywire or tape.
The rope is hand-tensioned (25 to 40 lb and supported by steel, wood, fiberglass or plastic line posts spaced up to 40 ft apart. Steel T posts and wood line posts are more expensive than FiberRods™ or step-in posts but are stronger, can take more side-strain and are more reliable year-round. End and corner posts are steel or wood.
Because the rope is pulled only hand-tight, this fence design is better than HT wire fences for irregular fence lines that curve or go up and down frequently. The fence is also simple and rapid to install and remove.
A wide-impedance energizer is advised for most "4-season" fences (a fence that must work when grass stays brown or snow covers the ground).
- To fence rented land.
- To subdivide pastures for up to 5 yrs.
- Enclose cropland for a season
- As borders to forests, streams, ponds
- As interim fence until more permanent fences can be decided on and installed.
Cost: as low as 15¢ per ft
Tools: Use cutters to cut conductors; hand or power drivers to drive in steel or small wood posts; a hammer to install nail-on wood post insulators; battery drill with our power driver to rapidly insert screw-in insulators.
Time: Installing end and line posts takes 75% of the time. About 1000 ft in 2 hours in easy conditions.
Skill: Simple, straightforward.
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We offer many fences to fit your situation, including different heights and lengths, multiple colors, drivable posts and positive/negative options for dry soils. Questions? Call our fence consultants at
Electric fence is a pain barrier, not a physical barrier. A common mistake is not electrifying it. Animals may escape or become entangled (and may die). On a % basis, entanglement is very rare, but it can and does occur. If animals are scared or starved it will not keep them in. The first time you put the animals in the net, you should be available to watch them for a while. That way if one were to get into the fence and get caught, you can turn the power off and get them loose.
Warning! Due to risk of fire, do NOT use continuous output energizers with electric netting or electro-plastic conductors such as rope, twine or tape. Use only with a low or wide impedance intermittent pulse energizer. (Fi-Shock™ brand energizers which are sold as low impedance, continuous current output should NOT be used with electric netting.) All energizers sold on Premier’s website use an intermittent pulse and are suitable for use with electric netting.
Dry conditions and wintertime usage may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing. Ice and heavy snow can flatten netting and thereby damage it.
Dry or frozen ground may cause post spikes to bend or break if inserted with force. Pilot holes may be needed. We recommend using drivable or single spike posts in hard soils. Double spike posts provide more stability when the ground is soft.