Permanent Electric Fencing

Converting a barbed wire or woven wire fence

Do you already have a good barbed wire or woven wire fence, but want to add an electric component?

Note: You should never try to electrify the existing barbed or woven wire as it is too dangerous for your livestock.

Patriot Wood Post Extenders and T-post Extenders allow you to maintain your current fence structure while adding high tensile wire, poliwire, politape, or polirope to make it electric. This is a safe and highly effective way to convert a barbed or woven wire fence to electric. 


Fence wire

The best permanent electric fences are constructed using 12.5 gauge galvanized high tensile wire. It provides a lower level of resistance than a smaller gauge of wire and has sufficient capacity to carry the electrical current of the fence. Some people use a smaller gauge galvanized wire (i.e. 14 ga., 16 ga., etc.); however, these have higher levels of resistance, do not allow you to achieve the maximum benefits of your energizer, and your fence life may not be as long. (Aluminum wire is not the same as steel galvanized wire. Small aluminum wire also has less resistance than comparable size steel wire.)


Corner/End braces

Corner and end braces are most commonly made of wood posts with a metal pipe between them. (You can also use metal pipe posts instead of wood posts.) The most common braces are made of at least two posts spaced at least 10 feet apart or 2.5 times the height of the finished fence. These H braces serve as the foundation of the fence line and help to maintain the tension, which is very important for high tensile fences. For more information on brace construction, please consult your local Patriot dealer or a fence construction company.



Fence Posts

Permanent electric fences can be adequately constructed with wood posts, T-posts, rod posts, or metal posts. Typically, the type of post chosen is determined by local availability and price.

Our accessory product information indicates which accessories are suitable for the different post types.



1. H brace for the start of a 5-wire fence.     2. T-Post along the line of a 5-wire fence.     3. Wood post along the line of a 5-wire fence.