When electric fences are erected, more focus is placed on the wiring and the charger than the electric fence posts. When this happens, you have a fence that will have deficiencies in its structure and ultimately fail to do the job it was designed to do. There are many people who have built a great looking and functional electric fence until their fence posts come completely out of the ground or even break. Having properly installed fence posts will do more than ensure that you have a well structured fence. Building it right the first time around will eliminate those broken and misplaced posts and you will need to count on it for its functionality. Use these tips for installing your electric fence posts properly.
Choosing Your Fence Posts
Fence posts come in many shapes, sizes and materials. When constructing an electric fence, you want the type posts that are cost efficient but are also of good quality. If cost efficiency and durability is what you are looking for in fence posts, wood is an excellent choice. Wood posts, when properly treated, are great for erecting your electric fence. Timber posts that are constructed from hardwood are much more durable than a softwood type post. Concrete fence posts are definitely strong and are not subject to rot. However, they are more expensive and aren't cosmetically a first choice.
Protecting Your Fence Posts
To protect the ends of the wood posts from becoming rotted, you should soak them in a preservative like creosote for a minimum of a full 24 hours. There are other preservatives available. However creosote produces best results.
Don't Place Posts Too Close
Often times, placing your posts too close together will cause significant damage to your electric fence. Correctly spacing your posts will depend on what type animal you are trying to contain. If you are keeping large animals such as horses or cattle in a fence, you will want at least 80 to 100 feet between fence posts. The reason is that you want your fence to have a rubber-band elasticity so as not to break off any insulators or even break your fence posts. If one of your animals were to run into the fence, the wire will give and come back without breaking anything.
Before Installing Fence Posts
Ensure that when you lay out your posts that your measurements are accurate and that you pour the cement after all posts are placed. This will ensure that your cement mixture does not dry out while you are going back and forth laying your posts.
Installing Fence Posts
It is a good idea to have strap pieces of wood handy to help keep your posts in place while you pour the cement. Using a post-fix type cement mixture will promote fast drying around your fence posts. Do not rely on your eyesight to determine if your posts are perfectly straight. Use a level on each of your posts to ensure that they are truly vertical.