A few things I’ve learned over the years building hi-tensile.
1. For every joule of output, it’s best to have 4 feet of ground rod.
2. Bigger isn’t always better in energizers. Size appropriately for the length of fence and what you’re trying to keep in. I’ve run 30 miles of fence on 6 joules for cows but also had a guy that had llamas. We seriously needed 24 joules for about a 4 acre dry lot. Seriously. That sumbitch snaps when you touch it too!
3. Don’t be like me and be cheap on spinning jenny’s. If you’re building a 5 strand fence, buy 5 jennys. It saves lots of headaches and trips across the pasture.
4. Make sure when you add your fin tube insulators, add a couple extra than you have fence posts. You’ll be glad you did, cuz somehow they disappear and I’m not sure how. I think it’s like socks in the clothes dryer.
5. Don’t waste your time with twitch sticks on h-braces. Use a Kiwi strainer and you can snug them up a lot easier from year to year.
6. Make sure the wire you get is Max 10 from US Steel. Kencove has some stuff that’s a bit cheaper that looks appealing but when a branch falls on it it snaps, and in turn pisses you off.
7. Buy a 50’ roll of wraparound insulator from Powerflex Fence. Sometimes you need a wraparound that’s a bit longer than the standard length of 10”
8. Take your time driving the posts. In 50 years no one is gonna remember how fast you built that fence but they will know you did it right and made it straight.
9. This is a long term investment. The first hi-tensile dad put in 30 years ago is still standing strong. The crap posts he used at the time have long since rotted off but the wire is strong as the day we stretched it. (Without all the cool gadgets like a hydraulic post pounder and spinning Jenny. Just Dad and I and a hand post hole digger)
I'm going to put in three 8' ground rods. My wire is wire from Oklahoma steel, in fact by the time I figured in the shipping, it was cheaper to buy from my local lumber yard than Kencove. Besides I don't have to worry about trees where this fence is going.
I only going to use a single spinning jenny, I only have about 1800 feet of fence to put in; I guess I will get my exercise.
I plan on using railroad ties for my corner and H braces, and my line post will be t-post.
I bought a bit to put on my hammer drill to drive the the ground rods. Dad thought we could we could use the post ponder to drive the ground rod, but I think we would just bend the rod.
Thanks for the info.