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    Man I hope this works. I will bait it with bacon tonight after I set up a game camera to monitor what happens. I hope to have some really shocking pictures next time! DC fence controller putting out more than the 7000 v. my tester will read. Son "tested" it for me and said it was "GOOD"!

    I pick up the bees on March 30th.











    That's the house/driveway in the upper left. I'll maintain a shooting lane from the front porch just in case!


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    Good luck. That should do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    Good luck. That should do it.
    Thanks. I sure hope so! Actually I think one touched it yesterday. I found disturbed soil with a bear print in it right up against the fence!

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    The natural wood looks nice on your hives as well.

    Shane

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsmullins View Post
    The natural wood looks nice on your hives as well.

    Shane
    Well thank you sir! Call me crazy (others have) but I can't stand to see painted hives in the woods/fields. I have always been a litter freak and they remind me of trash I guess? I also wanted to hide them from the public as much as I could. I hope the tung oil (100%) on cypress will last. If not, I'll paint the next ones. Brown-gray of course! lol
    Last edited by Lazer128; 03-12-2013 at 05:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazer128 View Post
    Well thank you sir! Call me crazy (others have) but I can't stand to see painted hives in the woods/fields. I have always been a litter freak and they remind me of trash I guess? I also wanted to hide them from the public as much as I could. I hope the tung oil (100%) on cypress will last. If not, I'll paint the next ones. Brown-gray of course! lol
    Not sure about your climate but here tung oil grows mould. It would be interesting to see the picture in 12 months time.
    Newly painted wood ( with tung oil) does look lovely.

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    Nice fence
    Make sure you post those bear pics

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    Nice looking setup there Lazer! Quite fancy looking! Can't wait for the bear pictures!
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    Lazer, I don't want to meet the bear that can go through that while the fence charger is working!
    Grandchildren are the best.... Bees a close second....

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    Looks well designed and should give all the animals pause.

    Something we learned when electrifying a garden plot: If you have small critters getting by, grounding the lowest wire is an effective action because it makes quite a good circuit when touching the first and second (read hot) wires simultaneously. You could expand that idea by grounding every other wire going up the post -making it a lot easier to get a circuit to ground where the bear operates. How long is your grounding rod? HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lburou View Post
    Looks well designed and should give all the animals pause.

    Something we learned when electrifying a garden plot: If you have small critters getting by, grounding the lowest wire is an effective action because it makes quite a good circuit when touching the first and second (read hot) wires simultaneously. You could expand that idea by grounding every other wire going up the post -making it a lot easier to get a circuit to ground where the bear operates. How long is your grounding rod? HTH
    Hot and ground wires alternate up the post. You can see the insulators on every other wire. I have (2) rods 8 feet deep spaced 10 feet apart. I may "staple" wire panels to the soil along the perimeter to increase the ground if I think I need to do so. I don't think I will need to do this much.

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    I found that an electric fence was not enough...I went for a, shall we say, more extreme solution.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...t=bee+fortress



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    Whoohoo!!!! As of 12:30 today, I am the proud landlord of 4 hives. All went well. Game cams are operating. We'll see how good the fence is.

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    They should work in the rain
    The ground would be good
    Bears will test a dence

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryandebny View Post
    They should work in the rain
    The ground would be good
    Bears will test a dence
    ! would think the wetter the better as long as the controller is protected from the elements. Mine is DC and can be seen under the platic tote with the battery. I will add a solar trickle charger to the system as soon as I get time. Until the I will be switching out batteries every month or so or whenever the voltage drops below 7000 volts.

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    That is some really nice work there. I think it will keep the bears at bay. My only criticism is I would not have alternated charged and ground wires... I would have charged all the wires. I did notice that you are on some pretty sand soil though, if that dries out the fence will probably stop working due to an incomplete circuit. Which I guess is likely the reason you alternated wires.

    I would not bait the fence. The bees will be plenty of lure to attract the bears, no point in adding something extra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrass View Post
    That is some really nice work there. I think it will keep the bears at bay. My only criticism is I would not have alternated charged and ground wires... I would have charged all the wires. I did notice that you are on some pretty sand soil though, if that dries out the fence will probably stop working due to an incomplete circuit. Which I guess is likely the reason you alternated wires.

    I would not bait the fence. The bees will be plenty of lure to attract the bears, no point in adding something extra.
    Thanks for the comments. The sand you see is some I brought in to smooth off the site after I pushed up some trees. The soil is actually pretty good in this area. And yes I alternated them to improve the odds of a bear getting bit. I baited it hoping that the bears will be educated about the fence BEFORE I get the bees. It hasn't worked so far. Crows striped the bacon off of the wires yesterday. I suspected that is what happened and the game camera I have set up confirmed it. I am going to tie bacon grease soaked strips of cloth on it this evening. We have a group of bears that check out everything you touch. I have learned that they will walk dow the row in the garden that I just weeded or knock over the wood pile I just stacked. Real problem. They already checked out the fence before I baited it but I was hoping to shock them in their mouths if I can. I'll post pictures if I get any. Have a nice day.

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    I do not see insulatores fastening your "hot" wire to the posts, are you using insulators? This might be the reason your system "shorted out" during the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myron Denny View Post
    I do not see insulatores fastening your "hot" wire to the posts, are you using insulators? This might be the reason your system "shorted out" during the rain.
    Hmmmm? Mine has never shorted out? You must be responding to the comment Minz made? I used tube insulators on my fence.

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    I do not see insulatores fastening your "hot" wire to the posts, are you using insulators? This might be the reason your system "shorted out" during the rain.
    I think you are replying to my comment, and yes, I had insulators. It wasn't so much that it shorted out, I think it grounded itself out and become ineffective. In any case, I will no longer depend on powered defenses. I went medieval.

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