Many farmers are needlessly reducing the effectiveness of their electric fences by failing to Earth them adequately. Almost 75% of poor results are directly due to Faulty Earthing Systems.
Common causes of poor results are:
Insufficient earth rods / bars.
Badly jointed wires.
Poor connections to earth rods.
Earth rods are too close together.
Earth rods not long enough.
A proper earth system would be would be the required amount of galvanised earth rods driven to full depth in a damp place, spaced at least three meters apart and bonded together securely. To prevent corrosion use steel wire - copper and steal leads to corrosion.
Earth rods should be spaced at least 3 meters apart!
Below is earth rod requirements for all Cheetah energisers.
M15 = 1 x 1M Earth Rod
E2 = 2 x 1M Earth Rod
Super = 3 x 1M Earth Rod
M60 = 4 x 1M Earth Rod
G303 = 6 x 1M Earth Rod
Cub = 1 x 300mm Earth Bar
Solar Cub = 1 x 300mm Earth Bar
B40 = 1 x 300mm Earth Bar
HV-12 = 1 x 1M Earth Rod
B1-11 = 1 x 1M Earth Rod
Dual = 1 x 1M Earth Rod
To summarize earthing is critical, select a damp area for earth rods. Pay attention to safety requirements and Install earth rods at least 3 meters apart.
Below is a how to guide to installing an earthing system.