Install Wired Field Fences

Wired fences will keep trespassers from your property.

Wired field fences are fences installed around a property or as an agricultural boundary, which use electric shocks to prevent animals from crossing it. These wired field fences are also called electric fences. They can sometimes present a boundary for people as well, for example, as a security measure around a private or government property. Basically, a wired field fence creates an electrical circuit when an animal comes in contact with it, thus creating an electric shock that deters the animal. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the area you want to cover with the wired field fence. Think about the purpose of the fence and the area you want to protect to decide the fence direction and path.

2. Make a plan for your wired field fence, based on the measurement you took and the type of fencing you want to install. Draw a plan of the property, include the measurement and then draw locations for the posts, corner and double posts included, the gate and the location of the power supply. Plan how many rows of electric wire you want, based on the function of the fence. Have in mind that the distance between the wood posts can be anywhere between 10 and 30 feet.

3. Dig the holes for the corner posts, at least 3 feet deep. Use a hole digger and make the hole in a rectangular shape, 3 by 6 feet. Double check the dimensions and the location to make sure you are digging in the right place.

4. Place the corner wood posts for your wired field fence inside the hole, pouring quick drying concrete around it. Use scrap wood braces to keep the post in an upward position, using a level to make sure the post is absolutely vertical. Leave the bases of the posts to dry and harden for one day.

5. Run a guide wire some 10 inches above the ground, from one corner post to the other. The guide wire will show you the exact direction of the whole field fence and help you mark the places on other wood posts. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all the remaining posts between the corners of your wired field fence.

6. Attach permanent wood braces to the corner posts, at a 45 degree angle, using a hammer and nails. Note that the corner posts always have to be the strongest points of a fence.

7. Mark a few places on each of the posts, making sure they are at the exact same height. Use some string as a guideline to mark the location for the wire with a pencil.

8. Nail the insulators for the electric fence on each post. Follow the instructions on the package of the wired fence installation kit and use the small nails that come with the insulators.

9. String the electric wire from one post to the other, wrapping it around the insulators that are on the same height. Note that the electric wire is not so visible, so you might want to use hot tape instead. If you install the wire, be sure to tie rags at certain points to make the wire more visible.

10. Connect the electric wire to the electric charger following the instructions on its package.