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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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    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!
    Coyote Creek Bees

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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
    LeeB
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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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    AWESOME!!!!!! I want one. It's beautiful!

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    You can have one. I didn't file a patent and it wasn't that expensive, about the same as a good fence actually.

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    I'm suffering from truck envy after seeing those pictures

    Good luck with those bees
    LeeB
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    I had a Galligher ‘the rustler’ fencer. Filled up with water and stopped working the first couple of months. Can’t seem to get any customer support. My chickens suffered. Whose fencer are you using and have you had any experience with it?
    LOVE the wood. Wood worker here and it just kills me to paint my hives.
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lburou View Post
    I'm suffering from truck envy after seeing those pictures

    Good luck with those bees
    Thank you. Powerstrokes have been my hobby until now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by minz View Post
    I had a Galligher ‘the rustler’ fencer. Filled up with water and stopped working the first couple of months. Can’t seem to get any customer support. My chickens suffered. Whose fencer are you using and have you had any experience with it?
    LOVE the wood. Wood worker here and it just kills me to paint my hives.
    I just installed this Zareba 1 Joule DC charger. Got it from Tractor Supply. I have it covered. Pretty sure most of them are supposed to be protected from the elements.

    I don't like painted wood either. Hope these survive.

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    The night the bear came though my fence it was raining which I think shorted out my charger. Not sure there is any protection that works when everything is wet.

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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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