How to install a permanent fence

For a well-functioning permanent fence, choose durable materials that will benefit you for many years.
A good installation of this permanent fence is therefore essential.
That is why we are happy to explain step-by-step how best to build a permanent fence.

Step 1: Make a plan

Make a plan of the fence you want to install. This will help you understand how the current finds its way through the fence. In this, we advise you to place the energiser as centrally as possible. We also advise you to create different zones with the deployment of switches.

Step 2: Determine the wire height

The wire height depends on the type of animal you have. Below you will see the starting points we recommend for the correct wire heights, number of wires and wire spacing. Can't find the type of animal you want to grid? Then contact the Gallagher specialist, we will be happy to help you!

Step 3: Installing corner posts

Step 1 Determine the correct length of the corner posts according to the height of the fence.   For fencing up to 1 m construction height, a corner post of 2.00 m length is sufficient.   For fences up to 1.50 m in height, Gallagher recommends a corner post at least 2.50 m in length.   For fencing higher than 1.50m, Gallagher recommends corner posts between 3.00m and 3.50m in length.   
Step 2 Drill a hole with an auger.   
Step 3 Ensure that the corner post is placed at a 5-degree angle to the pulling direction. Depending on the distance between the corner posts, we recommend installing a ground beam. Use this when the distance between the corner posts exceeds 100m.
Step 4 Install corner insulators if necessary, install the corner insulators (insultimber posts do not need insulators).

Step 4: Intermediate posts

Step 1: The corner posts have been placed (step 3), and you now want to place the intermediate posts. In order to determine the correct position of the intermediate posts, Gallagher recommends that you fit and tighten the conductor from corner post to corner post first. The intermediate posts can then be positioned parallel to the tightened conductor. This will give you a perfect line.
Step 2: Measure the distance between the corners and fit the intermediate posts in such a way that the distance between posts is the same.
Step 3: The intermediate posts are placed at a distance of 7 to 40 metres apart. The distance depends on the material used, the type of fence and the landscape.

Step 5: Tension the electric fence

Step 1: Tension the conductors with the tensioners you have chosen.
In our webshop you find all our tensioners.
Step 2: The correct tension is important to ensure that when an animal touches the fence, it gets an electric shock immediately. This makes it more of a psychological barrier to the animal.
Step 3: Fit the wires onto the intermediate posts and connect the different wires with wire clips.
Tip: Each connection means current loss. The better the connection, the less current is lost.

Step 6: Mount the device and ground it

Step 1: Mount the device according to the manual of the energiser. Our advice is to position the device as centrally as possible in relation to the fence.
Step 2: Then install the earthing with earth pins of 1 m or 1.7 m depending on the energiser. Gallagher advises you to follow the advice. Good earthing is crucial for a properly functioning electric fence.
Step 3: Drill a hole with the auger and insert the 1 m or 1.7 m earth stake. If more earth stakes are needed then place the next earth stake 3 m away from the first, and so on. The earth stake should have an earth clamp on it.
Step 4: You now make a connection between the energiser and the first earth stake with double-insulated earth cable. Attach the double-insulated cable to the earth stake and attach the cable to the green button of the device. Depending on the distance and the device, you will need 1.6 mm or 2.5 mm double-insulated cable.
Step 5: Make sure the earth pin including the cable is at least 10 cm below ground level. Do you have several earth pins? Then connect the first to the second earth stake with double-insulated ground cable and the second to the third, etc.
Step 6: If the soil in which the earth stake is placed is sandy or very dry, it is wise to add the special Bentonite grounding mix in the hole. Fill the hole up to the earth clamp.
Step 7: Fill the last part of the hole with the remaining soil and water it until the soil is even again.
Step 8: Repeat for each earth stake required. How many earth stakes you need depends on the type of device.