Up to 3-Strands of Rope
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 12¢ per ft
You also need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section of our website to determine your needs.
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.
NOTE: Dry conditions and wintertime usages—may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing.
Listed below are the recommended components that may be needed to build this basic fence. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and speak with our fence consultants at