Farming forum: electric fence question

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Mar 28, 2014 1:25 PM CST
My dog run is hot wired. I just replaced the energizer again. When it storms with lightening and thunder should I unplug it ?? or could it be damaged by a lightening strike whether it's plugged in or not ??
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 28, 2014 1:29 PM CST
Do you have a ground rod connected to the fencer?
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Mar 28, 2014 1:33 PM CST
Yes...in fact it's larger then the one that came with the kit. It's a Fi-Shock energizer SS-750 RPX.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 28, 2014 2:16 PM CST
They make a "Lightning Arrester" which will protect your fence charger, or you can disconnect the fence from it when it storms.
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OldGardener
Mar 28, 2014 5:47 PM CST
I have had hot fences for 25 years or so and have never disconnected any of them during storms - and none have ever received a direct strike. Oddly enough, over this time period, we had a wrought iron fence that was attached to the house take a hit (sprung the gates open - very loud, very explosive) and have had one house take a direct hit at the master bedroom ceiling (it had metal beams forming a "x" at the peak) but the hot wires/fences were not struck. There is an article here:

http://www2.uwrf.edu/grazing/lightning.pdf

that details different ways to reduce the risk of a strike but it points out at the end that there is no way to be 100% protected.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Mar 29, 2014 1:35 PM CST
Food for thought. I guess for now I'll just unplug and hope for the best. To disconnect the wire from the energizer means dragging out a ladder and keeping the dogs inside so they don't knock me off of it. Thanks for the responses...something else for my son's "Momma Do" list when he gets home.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 29, 2014 3:33 PM CST
Unplugging will not protect the energizer. Perhaps you could add a disconnect at some more accessible spot in the first part of the fence.
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Kathleen
Mar 29, 2014 3:34 PM CST
One of our fencers was hit by lightening. There was a heifer lying in a low spot between two fences. She was in a bit of a puddle and never knew what hit her. The charge killed the fencer right after it killed the heifer.


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dave719
Mar 29, 2014 6:02 PM CST
I've found on plugging the fencer helps a lot but doesn't stop all of the trouble it seems that if it is plunged in it draws more strikes . We lose a fencer every couple years but our farm store rebuilds them for about 30 bucks
Name: Ginger
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gingin
Mar 30, 2014 8:47 AM CST
porkpal said:Unplugging will not protect the energizer. Perhaps you could add a disconnect at some more accessible spot in the first part of the fence.


Ok...at the gate are the plastic handle things that hook together and can be unhooked to get the mower through the gate. If I added another pair closer to the energizer and in my reach would that work ?? I can probably do that myself Whistling
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 30, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Yes, that would work.
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