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What type of insulators would you use?

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  • What type of insulators would you use?

    Our posts are being delivered on Wednesday and we're in a mad dash to try and get things done asap. Our posts are rough cut black locust. I posted about them on here before, but literally chopped up black locust trees. They were $5 a piece for 9-footers so we're making do! But... we are using 6 strands of high tensile coated hot wire and a flex rail on the top. Since the posts are not finished, they definitely have variations and I need something that's going to be a little bit easier to work with or more flexible since the posts will not be exactly in line with each other (just because of natural variations in the post shape). Basically, just what do you think would work well? With the bark I need to make sure it goes far enough in, peeling bark doesn't mess with them too much, and something that might work ok since the posts will be uneven (are there any that you can screw in farther or leave them out a little to help line up? Does that make any sense?)

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    For high tensile wire I use these-http://www.rammfence.com/fence/produ...p=221&acc=true with the longer similar type unsulators to wrap around corners. For rope I like these-http://www.rammfence.com/fence/produ...p=216&acc=true or http://www.rammfence.com/fence/produ...p=214&acc=true . For rope corners, I like something strong that I can put a lot of tension on - http://www.rammfence.com/fence/produ...p=208&acc=true


    • #3
      black locust? Are they not toxic to horses?


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Gloria View Post
        black locust? Are they not toxic to horses?
        Well, yeah... they are actually. I posted about that a while ago on here and it seemed common for people to use them regardless. They're not black WALNUT which is the super killer. I wouldn't use them if I wasn't using electric though. My fence will be 6 strands of hotwire so I'm hoping they won't go near it.


        • #5
          I wish you good luck. I have wire hot enough that if my mare touches it by mistake it will bring her to her knees. It does not stop her from stripping hte bark from our cedar posts though. We have a three strand fence and they have no problem getting to the bark at all. They peel them down between the wires. Now, I peel them all before we put them in. It makes the fence look too messy with all the hanging bark.


          • Original Poster

            Thanks. I know my horse that I currently have isn't interested in the fencing. They've been in a dirt lot (basically) for the last 6 or so years and he never touches the fencing and it's just post and rail. Regardless, we are going to try and strip the barn at least on the side facing them.


            • #7
              Originally posted by dmalbone View Post
              (are there any that you can screw in farther or leave them out a little to help line up? Does that make any sense?)
              The ring insulators that screw-in (the last one of those that shakeytails links to) can be adjusted somewhat in that way. They would probably give you the most flexibility as the other types (claw or pin-lock) are made to be right against the post. I think you can find the ring insulators in different sizes, so if you need a longer screw length, you should be able to find them -- whether online or at your local fencing supply/farm store.


              • #8
                We recommend either the claw insulator or the insultube pieces with staples.
                The claw insulator keeps the wire a little further away from the post which would be a plus due to the bark. You might want to peel away the park around
                the insulators at a minimum because as it continues to peel, it could touch the
                wire and ground out the electric. For the corners check out lag corner insulators or slide long lengths of insultube for the sections around the corners.