Making a Homemade Electric Fence Garden Protector
Setting up an electric garden protector to deter anyone from snatching your home grown lettuce and cabbages only takes an energizer and a car battery.
WARNING: Use caution while installing electric fence by wearing thick rubber gloves, having someone nearby to get help if necessary, and not attaching power source until everyone is ready.
Step 1 - Install the Posts
The quality of your electric fence protector is dependent on the fences that you put up. Constructing a regular fence is quite different than constructing an electric fence since you will be installing batteries and energizer. The standard size of your fence’s posts should be four inches wide, positioned 49 to 64 feet from each other. The posts should be anchored three feet deep and positioned perpendicularly to the ground.
Step 2 – Install the Wires
Wire ties have to be installed at the very ends of your fence as well as the both sides of your gates. The number of your wire tires should be the same number as the rows on your fence. Three to four rows will suffice for an ordinary garden fence.
Choose wire ties that are made up of 12.5 gauge high-tensile wire. On one end of the fence, wrap the wire tie around the post once and then use a double half-hitch knot to tie the end. For the other end of the fence, attach the wire to an end strain insulator still with the use of the double half-hitch knot.
TIP: 12.5 gauge wire will be adequate for keeping human thieves away from your garden, but you'll need different gauges for an electric fence to keep out large animals or other kinds of pests. Decide what threats you want to handle before building the fence.
Step 3 - Install Post Insulators
Select four locations in between your middle posts to place your post insulators. Stay clear off the ends of your gate.
Step 4 - Thread Wire
With the use of a 12.5 gauge wire, thread it the wire through the four post insulators until you come up with the number of rows you desire for your gate. The ends of your threaded wire should be attached to the strain insulator that you have attached at the ends of the gate. Still make use of the double half-hitch knot.
Step 5 - Link the Rails
To link the rails together, you need to install a vertical wire at the ends of your gate. Position the vertical wire so that the strain insulator is in the middle of the wire and the post.
When you’re done installing the vertical wire, attach a double insulated wire with 12 or 15 gauge on the topmost rail wire. Place the wire between the junction of the strain insulator and the vertical wire.
Conversely, install an insulated wire on the side of your posts and attach it to the bottom rail, in between the junction of the strain insulator and the vertical wire. Dig a shallow a foot deep trench in between the posts and bury the insulated wire there until it reaches the next post. Attach the insulated wire to all bottom rails of each post. Continue until you get to the end posts.
Attach the insulated wire to the end posts in the same manner that you did for the other posts. However, install a separate insulated wire for every end post. This will leave top and bottom rail wires with free ends. Connect the bottom rail wire’s free end to the negative terminal of your energizer. Then attach the top rail wire’s free end to the positive terminal.
Step 6 - Electrify the Fence
Connect your energizer’s voltage input terminals to any 12-volt, deep cycle, rechargeable, car battery. Turn your energizer on.