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Choosing an Energizer for Your Electric Fence

Choosing an Energizer for Your Electric Fence

Comparing Energizers

We hate to keep mentioning the local farm stores in a bad way, (and if you have a good one, by all means patronize them) but most of the farm store counter guys you talk to will probably not know the difference between a hog jowl and a fence joule. Before you buy, you should probably understand something about a joule. A joule is a hard thing to understand, but basically it is an electronic measurement of 1 watt for 1 second. That probably tells you nothing – we don’t know either. But, you need joules to push the pulse down the fence wire. The more joules, the more power. The shape or length of pulse time also has a bearing and a high powered, low impedance, short pulse will travel through much more resistance (vegetation & fence load). Anyway, the point here: some energizer packaging will state the amount of wire or acreage their unit will power. Don’t believe it! Others will only state the output joules or only the stored joules. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not one’s stored joules against another’s output. At the very least, drop their claim in half. We feel that the best way to size an energizer is to find out the output joules and figure that 1 joule will power between 3 to 5 miles of wire. If they can’t give you the output joule rating, then don’t buy it.

Choosing an Energizer

New Zealanders have said that we Americans usually overbuild the fence, then under power it! That’s probably true. The worst thing you can do if you are just beginning with electric fencing is to build a beautiful fence then not have enough power on it. Normally, in round numbers, we would say that 3500 volts will keep cattle in or 6000 volts will keep goats in. However, you have to compensate for the May-June fence load and the August drought. When vegetation and wet lush grass invade your fence wire, you need enough power to compensate and keep it browned down. If you have a system that puts out 9,000 volts and it drops down to 6000 in June, you are in good shape. However, if you drop from 5000 to 2000, you have a problem.

We look at the output joule rating on an energizer and estimate that 1 output joule will power about 3 to 5 miles of wire. For example, if you have 15 miles of fence (15 divided by 3 = 5), you will need an energizer with a minimum of 5 output joules. If you will be expecting heavy vegetation loads or plan to add more fence later, we would suggest that you buy in the 8-12 output joule range. Surplus Power is comforting. Just make sure when you are shopping that you compare apples to apples and not output joules to stored joules. We have high confidence in the New Zealand brands of energizers. They are proven to be good performers and usually last a long time.…

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Fence Materials

Fence Materials

There are plenty of things you have to take into consideration when setting out to build a fence: do you do it yourself or hire a professional fence contractor, what size do you want the fence, making sure you have all the permits and permissions from the state, county, or homeowner’s associations, and making sure that you have all the utility lines marked so you don’t damage your home or yourself. But another thing to keep in mind is what material you’ll use to build your fence.

Sure, most people think of wood when imagining that fence in their backyard, but there are other options out there, and even wood itself presents several options that can have an effect on how the final fence looks and has to be maintained.

Wood Fencing

Arguably the most popular material used for building home fences, there are pros and cons to using wood to build your fence. Wood is affordable, comes in a variety of styles and types (cedar, redwood, and Southern yellow pine to name a few), and can be cut to fit any size of fence you require.

However, wood also requires the most maintenance, as it can be the most effected by weather. Regular staining and sealing to preserve the integrity of the wood will be required to prevent rotting and warping boards, and even then there’s a chance you’ll have to replace boards over time with new ones.

That being said, wood fencing does provide excellent security and privacy, as you can place the slats close together to prevent anybody from being able to look into your fenced in area.

Composite Fencing

A low maintenance mixture of recycled wood fibers in a resin base, composite fencing can provide much of the visual appeal of a wood fence, without the worry of having to stain and seal the material. While it can be adjusted to a required size, it doesn’t have quite the flexibility of wood to be sized on the fly and will cost more than normal wood boards.

Vinyl Fencing

A resilient, plastic-based choice for fencing material, vinyl fencing is easy to install, with kits and pre-assembled panels available for purchase to cut down on the installation time. You can customize the size of the panels, but this should be done ahead of time and not on site. The biggest advantage of vinyl fencing is the weather resistant option it provides, making it a good choice if where you live is subject to regular stormy weather.

Aluminum Fencing

Incredibly durable material, but it won’t offer as much privacy protection as the slats will have openings that are easy to see through. However, this is a great choice for defining an outdoor area when there aren’t any privacy concerns, and the low-maintenance nature of the material is an added bonus, though you should check for rust from time to time.

Stone, Brick, and Concrete Fencing

Probably the most durable, the most expensive, and the most difficult to have installed. Unless you are a professional fence contractor yourself, it’s probably better that you hire somebody to install this time of fence for you. That being said, the low maintenance nature of these fences paired with the great privacy and security they provide makes them an attractive option if you have the money to do them correctly.

Making the Choice

No matter which material you want to choose, if you live under the constraints of a homeowner’s association, make sure to check that they don’t have material requirements that you have to follow before you spend your time and money installing a fence that they’re just going to make you tear down.

In the end, the fence material you choose will be a decision that you have to live with for a while, so feel free to consult with friends, family, and the experts at your local hardware store before you make the decision, as their experiences may help you choose one material over another.…

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Government Fence Contracting

Government Fence Contracting

With the thousands of government buildings and properties across the country, hiring personnel to protect these areas is a waste of both time and resources. Instead, installing a high security fence can accomplish the same task for just a fraction of the cost.

Since government properties vary so greatly, the types of fences each premises requires will obviously vary. For instance:

Administrative buildings will need fences that allow easy access to the public

Intelligence and military buildings require high security fencing

Government-owned land requires a low security barrier

When looking for contractors, government agencies should keep their needs in mind and select a fencing company that can fulfill all of their needs. Choosing one contractor to complete every fencing job is both more cost efficient and more time efficient.

Additionally, it is important to pick a company that understands governmental regulations. Since government codes are very strict and specific for government owned properties, choosing a company that already has a firm grasp on the expectations is vital to the process.

Many fencing companies also design the fencing schemes that they will install on their clients’ properties, and this should be no different for government contracts. It is important to ask for examples of previous work on similar properties to ensure that the company that gets the contract will be up to the task.

Finally, it is usually favorable to choose a local company to handle the fence installation for several reasons. For one, a local company will be familiar with the local zoning laws and will be aware of other problems that may arise. Using a local company often means a quicker job, as well.…

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Wireless Dog Fence – Safe and Effective Pet Containment

Wireless Dog Fence – Safe and Effective Pet Containment

The most humane way to contain your dog and train him to stay within the fence is to use wireless dog fence. There is no need to create physical fences when you have chosen to use electric fence for pet containment. A wireless fence helps you keep your yard wide open while still set boundaries for your dog to wander. Those who feel that physical fence is ugly can go for a wireless fence. You must train your pet to respect wireless boundaries while allowing him to wander freely.

A wireless dog fence consists of two parts – wire transmitter and collar receiver. After burying wires underground, you should put the collar around the neck of your dog. The wire will transmit radio signals continuously to the collar. When your pet attempts to cross the fence, an alarm sound is produced and a mild shock is given to him through his collar. You can control the level of shock given to him. During training, you should use electric shocks not to punish your dogs, but to teach him discipline. Installing fence flags will help you and your dog to remember boundaries.

Before buying wireless dog fence, you must spend some time learning about it. It is important that you select a wireless fence depending on the breed of your dog. Generally, a fence is suitable for small and medium sized dogs that are easy to train. You should look for the range of the fence because when you wish to setup a big fence, the transmitter, and receiver should be within communicable range.

More and more pet owners are interested in buying wireless dog fence mainly due to aesthetic reasons. They are available at various price ranges with DIY kits being inexpensive.…

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Preventing Soiling of Buildings by Feral Pigeons

Preventing Soiling of Buildings by Feral Pigeons

Feral pigeons are loved by the ones who kindly feed them, and hated by others who chase and torture them. It makes our symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace becomes denigrated to a flying rat or flying rubbish. An undisputed and particularly visual pigeon problem is faecal residue. Combined pigeon deposits can weigh up to several tons and costs A�15 million a year to clear up. Droppings deface buildings and can in the long term destroy them. Feral pigeons have become a problem in almost all larger towns.

(Haag-Wackernagel 1997b, 2000b, 2000c) analyzed the most common pigeon excluding systems and stated that; – “…there are basically two systems: deterring systems by contact and those by distance. The latter try to keep pigeons off permanently from a specific area by sending visual, acoustic, magnetic or olfactory impulses. Those defence systems (ultrasonic sound, magnetic pulses, olfactory repellent, all kinds of scarecrows) that physically keep pigeons at a distance are inefficient in the long run, according to our as well as other scientists’ studies (Woronecki 1988, Griffiths 1988, Bomford & O’Brien 1990). On the other hand, systems that keep pigeons away by contact are generally more reliable.”

Repulsion by contact utilizing non-lethal, pulsating charges of low amp electric fencing has proved highly effective at preventing the roosting and fouling by birds on numerous highly important architectural sites around Europe. Electric Bird Deterrent System provide a hugely valuable new professional management option alongside traditional bird spikes, bird nets and bird wire. It does not harm the birds.

Feral pigeons alight on their chosen roost by landing on the edge of the ledge and then walking in. This habit then allows you to position two wires (one live, one earth) on the lip of the ledge. These are then connected to a specially developed energizer developed for the pigeons that operates at a lower power rating so that when the bird lands on the wires it receives a mild electric shock and is repulsed.

The wires and insulators may be positioned to allow the wires to follow complex curves providing total protection for valuable architectural features. They are individualy appled and are capable of complex deviations and applications making them very suitable for any building. The ideal bird deterrent system is inconspicuous and chemically compatible with the building components. The system is reversible so that, if removed, the building could be restored to its original state. Moreover, the system is easily accessible for building maintenance and does not trap debris so eliminates routine cleaning.

To read more, search Feral Pigeons Agrisellex Electric Fencing.…

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Do I Need a Permit for Fence Installation?

Do I Need a Permit for Fence Installation?

To you, a fence may seem like a simple addition to your property – something you can hire a contractor to install or, in many cases, simply build on your own. The truth is that almost every township will require you to have a permit before installing Delaware fences, no matter what your reason for installation.

Check with the Township

Every township has different rules regarding the installation of a fence. The first thing you need to do, before you even decide what type of fence you want to install, is ask the township for a copy of their rules and regulations regarding fences and permits. This is important for several reasons. We do not want to see you put down a deposit or purchase materials for a fence the township will not approve. Some townships require you to submit photographs of your property, sketches of the new fence, and detailed plans. Depending on the type of Delaware fence you wish to install, you may even be required to have written permission from your neighbors.

The type of fence you choose to install is also important to consider. Some towns turn a blind eye to standard-sized chain-link fences while almost every town will draw the line at a fence taller than 6 feet. Homeowners who are considering adding a swimming pool to the property may be required to install special fencing – sometimes around the edges of the pool, sometimes around the entire yard, and sometimes around both.

Check with the township in which you live before installing Delaware fences on your personal or business property. We will do our best to give you as much information about your areas permit guidelines before you purchase your fence but, in the end, it is up to you to make sure you are installing a fence that meets all of the legal guidelines.…

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Breaking the Tuberculosis Link Between Badgers and Camelids With Electric Fencing

Breaking the Tuberculosis Link Between Badgers and Camelids With Electric Fencing

Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) has clearly become a major issue amongst camelid breeders coupled with the possibility of valuable livestock contracting the disease from infected Badgers. Many owners are now seeking to exclude the badgers from their property to protect valuable breeding stock from infection.

Badgers are attracted to the turf upon where the Camelids may be grazing where they seek out earthworms and grubs upon which to feed. It is therefore necessary to exclude them from the grazing area. There are two methods of badger exclusion and both involve fencing. Firstly there is the conventional high tensile mesh fence. It is highly ornate, involves burying the wire in to prevent badgers digging under and very expensive. Whilst very effective, Badgers have been reported to clamber over these fences.

The next solution is to use an appropriate electric fence to give the badgers a sharp, but non-lethal “sting” on the nose if they try to get into a protected area. There are two types of fencing applicable to excluding Badgers.

1. Strained-wire fences consist of a series of electrified parallel conducting wires at varying heights above the ground similar to a standard stock fence. The conducting wires of strained-wire fences can be made from either polythene twine interwoven with steel strands (polywire) or galvanised steel. The steel wire is a better conductor, far more durable and is cheaper.

2. Electric netting consisting of a woven mesh of poly twines containing electrical filaments. These are very easy to erect and move, very effective but are more intrusive and require larger energisers.

Electric fencing has been shown to be highly effective in excluding badgers in scientifically sanctioned trials whilst the cost is a fraction of the conventional fence. If both fence types are maintained properly they are equally effective. However, galvanised steel fences appear to be more effective than their poly wire counterparts. There is a greater proportion of the wire open to contact and wire will last a lot longer than plastic twine – up to 20 years.…

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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Landscape and Decking

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Landscape and Decking

Certain garden tasks are required every fall. Dead plant material must be cleared away; soil must be prepared for winter temperatures; and in temperate climates such as the Pacific Northwest, it may be appropriate to lay in new plantings. As you review the following checklist of fall landscaping projects, you might be surprised to see how gardening can help with the maintenance of other parts of your home, such as fence materials.

Homeowners can prepare their yards for winter by carrying out these tasks:

1. Harvest root vegetables, cabbages, sprouts and gourds. Bring in mature vegetables before the first hard frost slickens your decking materials. The Northwest usually sees its first fall frost in mid-October. Bring in your last gourds in the weeks leading up to Halloween; they will keep for quite a long time in a cool, well-ventilated space. Autumn is the time to strip the garden of its last harvest.

2. Prune trees and shrubs. Roses should be cut back hard in the fall. Prune any tree branches that are liable to break in winter storms at this time, as well. Be especially vigilant about branches that overhang over your cedar fence materials. If these branches fell down during a tempest, they could seriously damage your fence materials. Those with green thumbs should also deadhead rhododendrons, fuchsias and other flowering shrubs in the fall.

3. Remove leaves and other plant debris. To promote air circulation and overall growth, rake your lawn of all leaves and debris. Cedar fence materials should also be cleared of debris. Otherwise, mold and mildew are liable to grow, which is damaging to fence panels. Similarly, leaves and other compost fodder should be cleared off of decking materials. Residents must be especially vigilant about clearing off decks and fences when there’s a break in the weather. Otherwise, fungus and mold could grow on your decking or fencing. Maintain a gap between cedar fence materials and nearby fauna as well. Finally, clear out any dead plant materials from beds that you hope to plant in the spring.

4. Plant bulbs. Beautify your fence materials: accent them with cheery tulips, daffodils and other flowers. Autumn is the season for planting new bulbs. Bulbs also look lovely beside decking materials. Numerous garden centers offering bulbs stay open during the fall. Find flowers that will brighten your mood as the winter rains lessen.

5. Plant winter crops. Some vegetables can grow throughout the year in the Northwest. For instance, if you’re looking for wintertime visual appeal on your decking materials, the weather will allow you to grow pots containing spinach, kale and garlic. Collards, carrots, radishes and leeks are other cool-weather crops that can be planted in the fall.

6. Mulch. Mulch protects garden beds by adding a layer of insulation to shelter soil against winter temperatures. It also discourages weeds and makes it much easier to pull out weeds that do appear. Finally, mulch adds valuable nutrients to the soil. Chop up dried grass, leaves and other yard debris for your mulch, or purchase some from a nursery.

Finally, as fall turns into winter, you’ll want to spend a little time maintaining your yard tools and planning next spring’s garden.…

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Garden and Landscaping Design Tips

Garden and Landscaping Design Tips

When you think designing our garden or landscape, the most important consideration is how you and your family use your outdoor area. Plants, trees, a lawn area – these are all part of the total landscape. But beyond that, there are other issues. Outdoor lighting will help you enjoy your garden in the evenings. Irrigation lines are the best way to get water to those thirsty plants. If you like privacy, fencing is essential. If you want shade, retractable awnings are a must. If you love entertaining, consider an outdoor kitchen barbeque area. If you are lucky enough to afford the cost of a pool and spa, make sure you incorporate these features into your design. And of course, you also must consider outdoor furniture placement.

Plants, Trees and Lawns

When you think of a garden landscape, you first picture lots of green, with wonderful splashes of color. But as water costs rise, that big lawn may be something you want to rethink. Many people are replacing lawns with more water-efficient areas, such as succulent gardens. This also applies to plants, whether they are in containers or planted in the ground. Besides their water needs, the types of plants you choose also depends on how much sun or shade you have naturally in your garden. When you design your layout, think about how the colors will go with each other, and try to incorporate different textures too. Consider your soil too. If you have very dense clay soil, you may want to avoid delicate plants or at least use a tiller to amend the soil before planting.

Irrigation

You certainly don’t want to spend all your time in the garden with a watering can, so irrigation is a must. Figure out where the lines can run from your original water source when you plan your landscape. When you layout your garden design, think in terms of irrigation zones, too, so you can water certain areas that need more water more frequently.

Outdoor Lighting

Once the sun goes down, you really need outdoor lighting. For most of us, lighting should blend in nicely with the overall landscape. There are different options. LED lighting is cost effective in the long run. Solar lighting is becoming more popular as energy costs go up. Lighting can also be used to illuminate specific parts of your garden, such as unusual trees, or an interesting collection of plants.

Fencing

They say good fences make for good neighbors. This is certainly true. Fencing is especially important if you have a pool or water area. Even if you don’t have children, your neighbors may, so you want to keep everyone safe. Wood fencing is often the least expensive option for privacy and security. Composite fencing can be less prone to termite and weather damage. Fences can also be decorative, for example wrought iron fencing can truly enhance a garden landscape.

Retractable Awnings

We’re all aware of the dangers of too much sun, so if you love the outdoors, you will want retractable awnings or some type of shaded area. The retractable awnings are great because they can roll back in when you don’t want shade, such as in the early morning or the evening. Electric awnings are easy to operate too. Just push a button for instant shade.

Outdoor Kitchen Barbeque

For the chef in the family, why stop at a barbeque, when you can have a whole outdoor kitchen center. These centers are built in, providing not only a BBQ grill, but counter space, running water and other features to make cooking a breeze.

Pool and Spa

If you can afford the cost of a pool and spa – or if you already have one – they can not only be something to entertain the family, they can also be a beautiful part of the landscape. One thing to consider in designing a pool is that unconventional shapes can make it more difficult to use a pool cover. When you figure the cost of a pool, don’t forget maintenance. You will need to keep the pool clean, you will have to maintain chemical levels correctly, and you will also need to redo the surface of the pool over time. A spa can be less work, although cleanliness is still essential for good health.

Outdoor Furniture

Finally, you need furniture to enjoy the outdoors. Before buying any outdoor furniture, consider how you and your family use the space. If you entertain a lot, you’ll need multiple seating areas, perhaps a larger table and chair set. You’ll want to place table and chairs close to the cooking area. You may also want to look into lounge chairs, gliders, outdoor swings or other types of seating.

There are many things to think about when designing …

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How to Train Your Dog to Respond to Invisible Pet Fencing

How to Train Your Dog to Respond to Invisible Pet Fencing

Invisible pet fencing works by administering a small static correction via a correction collar whenever the animal gets too close to an electrical property boundary. The idea is for your pet to learn what areas are off limits based on the static corrections received. Unfortunately, not all dogs can grasp property boundaries based on the static correction alone; some will try to jump the invisible fencing line or simply develop a tolerance to the correction, while others won’t connect the correction to the property boundary at all. For best results with your new invisible pet fence, take some time to train your dog and positively reinforce his behavior patterns. Teaching him his boundaries rather than relying solely on the static correction for negative reinforcement will result in a happier, less-stressed pet.

Basic Commands

Does your dog respond to commands such as “sit” and “stay”? It might be helpful for you to spend some time working on basic behavioral commands before beginning dog fence training. This way, your dog will understand that you are the boss and that when you say certain words or make certain gestures, his job is to obey you. Having an obedient dog will help tremendously when you’re attempting to teach property boundaries and off limits areas. Additionally, a dog that is used to learning and responding to commands may have an easier time assimilating new commands and behavior patterns.

Visual Cues

Before activating your new electric dog fence, mark your property boundaries with flags or cones, so that the dog can see his limits. Walk your dog on his leash around the perimeter of the property, allowing him to examine and smell the flags or cones. If he strays beyond the property line, bring him back and use words he understands, such as a simple but firm “no.” Over time, he will begin to learn that the area beyond the flags or cones is not allowed. Continue this training for a week or more, depending on your pet.

Collar Training

Most pet fence collars emit a tone or beep to indicate proximity to the fence, before administering the static correction. Put your dog’s new collar on and allow him to get used to the feel of it. Then, walk him around the perimeter of the property close enough for the collar to beep occasionally, but not close enough for it to correct him. One way to do this is to use a run that won’t let him go past the beep-line. When he hears the beep and moves away from the border, praise him. After a few days, lengthen the run so that he can get to the fence perimeter and let him explore. When he gets close enough that you hear a beep, call him back to you; if he comes, praise him. If he doesn’t come, he’ll get a static correction. Keep the correction on the lowest setting during this phase.

Final Steps

As your dog becomes more used to his collar and his boundaries, gradually remove the visual perimeter markings-take away only a few per day. If necessary, keep him on a leash or a run until he seems to reliably turn away from the property boundaries and comes consistently when you call him. It can take up to six weeks of steady training for most dogs to acclimate to an electric fence, and unfortunately some pets still shouldn’t be off-leash without you in the yard to keep an eye on them.

Invisible fencing allows you to keep your pets safe outdoors and close to home without erecting an unsightly high-walled fence around your entire property. Dogs who are properly trained for electric pet fencing can enjoy a level of autonomy as they explore their surroundings. Unfortunately, this type of fencing isn’t right for every animal, and if your pet isn’t responding well to the training or learns to endure the static correction for the seconds it takes to jump the underground fence wire, you might need to seek other methods of behavior modification and property fencing.…