How do I Install a Red Snap'r Electric Fence?

The Red Snap'r electric fence chargers are a quality product for building temporary or permanent fences for animal control. Electric fences need to make a circuit, or, in other words, start at the charger and end at the charger. Straight fence lines can be circuited by running two wires along the same posts, about a foot apart, to create a loop for the electric current to run. Installing a temporary Red Snap'r electric fence can be done in a short amount of time.

Red Snap'r fence chargers come in several styles and models.

Step 1

Install the Red Snap'r electric fence charger. Begin installing your fence by locating the best place to install the charger. The location needs to be where the animals cannot accidentally bump it or otherwise mess with it. Their curiosity will have them checking out anything within their proximity.

Install the Red Snap'r electric fence charger by following the manufacturer's instructions. Solar-powered chargers will need to be situated for optimal recharge from the sun. There is also the plug-in type that will need to plug in to a standard power source, and battery-powered chargers that can be located anywhere it is convenient.

Step 2

Ground the Red Snap'r fence charger. Properly grounding the fence charger will ensure that the fence works properly. You need to be sure that the grounding does not interfere with the animal's water supply, as the water can shock the animal.

Drive the grounding rod deep into the soil. It should be between 24 and 36 inches deep in most areas. Wrap wire around the grounding rod several times before cutting the wire and inserting the loose end into the proper port of the Red Snap'r fence charger.

Step 3

Install the posts along the route of the fence. The posts should be set between 12 and 30 feet apart, depending on the terrain. Rugged terrain and permanent fences will require more fence posts versus flat terrain and temporary fencing.

Step 4

Use insulators to attach the wire to the posts. Begin at your fence charger but do not attach it to the charger yet. You should leave a good three to four feet of wire on the end by the charger to make the final connection.

You can accidentally short-out your electric fence if the wire touches a post. This means the electricity will run into the ground rather than along the wire, and will not work to keep your animals contained.

The insulators and wires should be chest high on the animals to work properly. Cows and horses will need a taller fence than sheep, goats or dogs.

Step 5

Connect your two ends of wire to each other. For the Red Snap'r charger to work properly, the wire must make one continuous loop from beginning to end. The end of the wire should wrap around the beginning of the wire at least four inches to ensure current can flow easily through the joint.

Connect the excess wire from where you began your fence to the charger, and turn your charger on. Your electric fence may take a few minutes for the electricity to run the length of the fence and fully charge.

Sharyl Stockstill

Sharyl Stockstill began her writing career more than 30 years ago. She has written for a number of magazines and produced commercial catalogs. Stockstill has also co-authored and published a book entitled "Traveling New Mexico: A Guide to the Historical and State Park Markers." She has attended Clovis Community College and the University of New Mexico.