Building a Hot Wire Fence
Huskies require a secure enclosure and an electric hot wire fence is one way of
accomplishing that. Following is a brief description on how to construct a hot
- Electric Fence Chargers (30 mile range works best):
- Red Snap'R electric low impedance 30 Mile L1-30 $95.95
- Parmak 12-SP 30 Mile 12 Volt Solar Powered $264.95
- Plastic Fence Insulators:
- Wood Type screw or nail on style
A) Short screw on style RS25N $.09 can buy in bags of 25
B) Long screw on style WPX25N $.30 can buy in bags of 25
- T-Post Type
A) Short plastic clip on style TP25N $.14 can buy in bags of 25
B) Long plastic clip on style TPX25N $.30 can buy in bags of 25
- There are chain link and many other styles of fence insulators sold
- Plastic Coated Fence wire:
- Plastic coated poly wire (Baygaurd) White & Black 1300* feet $35.00
- There are different types of fence wire. We recommend that you use the plastic coated
type. This also shorts out less, and is much easier to work with than the bare wire.
- Ground Rod:
- 8* foot copper ground pole and clamp (GR8) $19.95
- Ground wire:
- Small roll of steel heavy gauge wire for a ground. $10.00
- Gate Handle:
- Rubber gate handle RGH10 $ 1.95
- Plastic gate handle PG10 $1.25
- Fence Testers:
- Fence Doctor can locate shorts and needs no ground $ 88.95
- Digital fence tester DEFT1 with ground probe $ 33.95
- Fence volt tester RSVT8 with ground probe $ 14.95
- Supplies you will need to install your fence:
- Screws or nails to install holders. We recommend screws so you can
move the holders if needed.
- Hammer or screw driver we recommend (elec) screw gun.
- Sledgehammer, large mallet, fence post driver or big rock, to install
- Wire cutters to cut ground wire and fence wire.
- Tester to check that fence is working correct.
A good source for fence supplies in the Denver
area is Stockyards Ranch Supply located at 6990 Vasquez Blvd. in Commerce City.
Their phone number is 303-287-8081
How to install your hot wire fence system:
You will need to find a power source if using the electric fence charger.
It is best to have a grounded outlet if installing outside, or install inside
of a shed or garage. If you are using a solar charger, mount in a south
facing direction. Once you have located your power supply. Unpack
your charger and mount to a firm surface. If mounting inside you will
need to drill holes to the exterior for your power and ground wire. You
also will need to have tubing or an old garden hose to run the wires
through the wall. Make sure your box is in a location, that you will
have room to run the wires through the wall if installing in doors.
Once you have your box mounted look for a good place to install your
ground rod. It should be installed in the ground almost all the way,
leaving several inches to install your ground wire on the top. Once this
is done run your ground wire from the box to the pole and fasten to the
top with the ground pole clamp. Again if you are mounting inside make
sure you have covers or some type of insulation, on the wires running
through the wall.
Now take you plastic fence holders and install several
on each 4x4 post or about 6 feet apart. We like to run three rows of
holders one at the bottom no lower than 6 inches and the other in the
middle and top. You will need to install gate handle on any gates you
want to open and close. To do this you will tie into the wire with a
handle. Stretch it across the gate area and hook into a loop on the other
side. The loops can be made with your extra ground wire or can be
Once all holders are installed you will start to run the wire.around the fence.
Start at the box and run a row then up or down at the
end to the next row. Do this until you have run a row across all of the
holders. With hot wire you do not need to make a loop. Simply start at
point A and end at point B with your wire. That will make the section
from the box to the end of the wire have power.
Once everything is hooked up you will need to test your fence. We recommend that you
walk your fence line at least every week. If you see any areas where the
Husky may be digging or pushing on the fence. You can always raise
or lower or add more insulators in that area.