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old bird

  • Joined Feb 2008
Electric Fence gone wrong in pig pen
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:15:11 pm »
I'm now on 3rd energiser, new wire and new battery in an attempt to get my electric fencing working again.

It worked last winter fine but this November stopped working. I use an energiser on a stake that acts as earth. The pulse reaches the clip on the wire but doesn't go very far before it peters out. I bought an exact energiser replacement, and there's only one strand to charge. . I suspect it isn't earthing well - which seems odd as it's now wet and was earthed ok in dry weather. Would all the mud in the pen cause a problem? I

I've worked through all the usual suspects - the battery (bought a new one), loose connections,no earthing anywhere along the line (I clean the insulators and wire each time it fails - daily!!!!). I've changed nylon electric wire to steel wire....

I'm at my wits end - anyone had this experience The only change I can think of is that the earth (well mud) is lower in the pig pen now than a year ago when it was level with the outside which is where the energiser is located??


  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Electric Fence gone wrong in pig pen
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 07:31:49 pm »
its a mystery i plugged mine in about 5 years ago.... all the clips are rusty, must change them soon...... never done anything to it always works 100%...( not glotting),,,, all i can say is the earth is important...mines a lenght of galvanised tube banged into the ground about 18 inches,    copper might be better,


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Electric Fence gone wrong in pig pen
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 07:42:58 pm »
Earthing/leakage is what springs to mind. No grass/weeds grown up and touching anywhere? Wet wood in contact anywhere?


  • Joined Jun 2009
  • East Sussex
Re: Electric Fence gone wrong in pig pen
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 09:59:07 pm »
Does your have a flying lead earth that connects to the mounting stake? Mine do (all branded Mole Valley) and sometimes the connection to the stake comes loose. Mainly my issues are pigs on the Escape Committee piling earth over the lower strand to disable it !

I've also had times when an apparently sound fence strand infact has broken metal strands and sound nylon ones thus being open circuit, though normally when this happens the spark jumps the gap, and you can hear it and seeit it in the dark.
East Sussex


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