Electric fence installation for homes in Kenya

Electric fence installation
Electric fence installation

Some of the advantages to installing an electric fence are, to start with, it’s an excellent security deterrent to burglary, vandalism and trespassing. Also, they are very easy to build due to their lighter material construction, and the maintenance involved is very minimal.

Electric fence installation in Kenya

Electric fencing is considered the ultimate security feature for any domestic property. it’s actually a necessity. It’s the first line of defense against burglary and intrusion and it’s designed to protect your family and property throughout the year. It acts as a psychological barrier, a physical barrier and also a means to alert you of any attempted perimeter breach of your home . Electric fences are cost friendly as they consume little power. They also have a battery backup, that can last for upto 12 hours, in case of power outages.

Electric fence installation and maintenance is for trained professionals

Although not exactly rocket science, if installation is doone by an untrained professional with little expertise and experience – You will definitely experience problems in future. In addition to proper installation, homeowners should always ensure that regular maintenance is conducted. During these maintenance checks, any repairs that have to be done must be undertaken by a professional, so as to sustain effective operation. Homeowners will, however, have to turn their energizers off and trim any foliage or branches which are making contact with the fence to ensure false alarms are not set off and that the fence functions properly.

An electric fence can be installed on any wall or fence

An electric fence can be installed on any type of wall or palisade fencing – as long as it is structurally sound and can allow the mounting of brackets. It is important to note, however, that you will need to obtain permission from your neighbor to install electric fencing between your respective properties. Although most people place a lot of focus on the visible parts of an electric fence, there are many necessary and optional components that make up an electric fence system and, if any of these are not installed correctly or become damaged, it could render your fence useless

The components of electric fencing

The obvious components of an electric fence include the wiring and the wall top brackets (those black or white poles with little round eyes that hold your wires in place) but, equally important, is the energizer which converts the electrical power from your mains or, from a battery, into high-voltage electrical impulses. The impulses are intermittent and can carry a maximum of 9900 volts – as per government legislation. This voltage, although non-lethal, will temporarily incapacitate any intruder and, if interrupted or tampered with, will sound an alarm.

A battery backup system is installed on most systems and is the only way to ensure your electric fence keeps working during load-shedding or a power-cut. Most 12-Volt electric fence battery systems can provide between 4 to 6 hours of power to an electric fence but, some can last between 8 and 10 hours. Another optional feature is that of a lightning diverter which will protect your energizer from lightening strikes (this is not guaranteed and lightning strikes which occur close to the energizer will likely cause damage but, should be covered by your home insurance).

All residential fence systems will incorporate the use of a minimum of 3 earth spikes but, more are recommended to ensure that the fence can effectively produce the electric shock that you need it to. You may have also seen earth loops placed between three wires – these serve to help detect any wire separation by ensuring the current is interrupted if the central wire makes contact with  the loop. Finally, your electric fence system will also require a siren and radio transmitter which will send a breach detection notification to your security company.

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