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Electric fencing is often an ideal rural fencing solution. Both economical and effective, it is replacing traditional fencing on properties both large and small throughout Australia. Here's what do you need to know about buying and installing electric fencing.

Types of Electric Fencing

There are three basic types of electric fencing:

Mains Battery Solar

Rather than being a separate type of fencing system, the most important difference between an electric fence and a standard fence is the electrified fence "tape." The tape comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. For example:

A thin wire might be most appropriate for temporary fencing. Thick, woven wire or tape has higher tensile strength and is designed for cattle. Colored tape can be chosen either to highlight or disguise the electric fencing. Some manufacturers recommend white tape for horses because it is said to be more visible to them.

An electric fence may have a single row of electrified tape or two or more parallel rows of tape. The top row might be thicker and/or coloured, depending on the application. If just the top ""rail"" is electric, the lower portion of the fence may have wire netting to keep small feral animals out of a paddock. Your rural fencing supplier can help you choose the most appropriate type of fence and fence tape for your setting.

How Much Does Electric Fencing Cost?

There are two components to an electric fence: the energizer and the tape. The energizer is the power supply. Mains power energizers cost more than battery energizers, but are better suited for larger properties and require less maintenance or replacement. Solar energizers cost more than batteries, but if properly installed in a predominantly sunny area, can cost less in the long run. Fencing suppliers recommend buying solar electric fencing as a package because the solar power supply must be matched with the energizer to provide consistent power.

Electric fencing tape is very reasonably priced. For example, 4cm thick tape costs around 70 cents per meter. With fittings included, it's about $1.00 a meter, not including the energizer or other fence components. It's best to buy fittings designed by the manufacturer rather than improvising with cheaper fittings.

Electric fencing, including posts and other components, can be a viable DIY project. Fencing suppliers often also sell the tools you need to install the fencing and wiring. Both manual and pneumatic post drivers are available as well as the tools needed to install the wiring, strainer posts and other components. If you are installing to mains electricity, you will need to hire a licensed electrician.

While the tape is designed to withstand a great deal of force, it is often designed to break before it can cause injury to a prized animal. When it does break, it can be repaired using a specially designed splicing buckle.

When choosing electric fencing, select the most appropriate tape and fencing system for your needs. In most cases, the different types of tape are designed for specific animals and must be installed according to directions to work efficiently.

Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.

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