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.
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