Multi-Strand Fences without Reels
Conductors (twine, tape, rope and/or MaxiShock™) are hand-tensioned. End and corner posts are steel T or wood. Line posts are FiberRod™ or steel T posts.
Up to 7 strands are used in response to predator and livestock pressure. We prefer 4 strands of IntelliTwine™ and 1 IntelliRope® PE 4.5 for perimeter fences--and 2 IntelliTwine with 1 IntelliRope PE 4.5 for internal fences.
For dry or snow-covered sites, alternating the hot/ground connections is advised.
To keep grass from reducing the shock, use herbicide, graze both sides hard or install a powerful energizer (or do all of these).
Regular maintenance (every 2 months) is required to adjust tension of conductors and reset any loose line posts. Tree limbs that fall on the fence must be removed immediately.
Words of warning…
- Avoid poor conductors. Available pulse energy at far end is too low.
- Avoid small energizers. Why? Because they are less able to cope with variations in soil (from wet to dry). Also the bigger energizers produce more memorable pulses.
Cost: as low as 26¢ per ft
But don't make this already low-cost fence fail by relying upon conductors with high resistances (in ohms) or low-impedance energizers. Why not? Because they are not able to cope with the large variations in soil resistances (from wet to dry) in the US.
You also need an energizer for this fence. Please refer to the Energizer section of our website to determine your needs.
Tools: Hammer or sledge to drive steel or wood posts, voltmeter.
Time: About the time it takes to walk any distance twice per strand.
NOTE: Dry conditions and wintertime usages—may reduce the effectiveness of electric fencing.
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.