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Unread 02-23-2009, 04:20 AM
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Re: Made my sides hurt, to funny

Just about had a seizure reading this....I'm that sensitive to electicity. My little brother was told to shut off the fencer and forgot??? Got the woopun of my life when Dad saw my little brother wraped in wire hooked to the fence. They always remembered to shut off and leave off the fence after that though
Had a brother in law that was good for only one thing, that was fixing and/or testing the fence. He could grab both ends of a broken wire and tie them back together again...all the while you could tell the fence was workin cause his eyes would widen a little every time that weedburner sent voltage through the line!
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 02-23-2009, 10:36 AM
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Re: Made my sides hurt, to funny

I grew up on a ranch... we had very few 'lectric fences - I think my father believed that 'real' ranchers should be able to keep cattle in with a proper barb-wire fence. I do know ours were generally built and maintained to a higher standard than those of the mere 'farmers' around us. Somehow, the dang critters still managed to get out...

Never did have the urge to grab, piss on, or otherwise 'lectrocute myself on a fence. I saved those urges for later in life working with electrical generation and distribution systems. In case you didn't know it, 400 cycle hurts *way* worse than straight up DC

When we first moved up here to WA state, we purchased a little place out in the country. 2.6 acres, alongside the highway and straddling a creek. The seller had moved to a piece directly above us, and their dog was having a hard time figuring out they didn't live down below anymore. Specifically, the little $hit (bulldog-something mix) developed a fondness for chasing our horses - while the girls were on them. Needless to say, he was getting dangerously close to 3S status (shoot, shovel, & shut-up)

The sellers had had to keep one of their horses inside the round corral, because 'it always got out of the electric fence otherwise'. Well, I found out why - their 'fence' had to be the biggest joke I'd ever seen (remember what I mentioned earlier about ranchers and higher standards for fences?). T-posts turned in the ground to where the conductor grazed the metal, insulators in corners had the conductor *and* tie wires going through the same hole, and the killer was the wire from the charger to the fence was regular 12 gauge stranded *house* wire, rated for 600v, not 9000 - the insulation was starting to fall apart and I'm seriously surprised it hadn't set the barn on fire yet (it looped up through the rafters and out to a maypole and down to the fence. 9000v charger, and by the time it got to the fence (100' away) it was down to 2000v, and by the time it made it another 100' down the fence, you could grabe the wire with your bare hand - and I'm *not* one of those kinds of people who can normally get away with that kind of shenannigans.

So... I fixed it. Re-routed the power from the charger to the fence via dedicated underground conductor (rated for electric fence voltages) buried in pipe, and fixed all the associated grounds and shorts and other ills. The horses came up to the fence, backed up, stuck their nose out and you could see the hairs on their muzzles sticking out from the static charge - they decided not to test it any further

The priceless part was when the neighbor's dog (remember that nuisance?) came barreling down the hill, through the creek (soaking him thoroughly from stem to stern)... right smack into that fence - to which I'd thoughtfully added a lower third conductor right about dog-height off the ground

You could hear the ki-yi yelp for about a quarter mile, and there was a rooster-tail of dust back up the hill. Neighbors said he about tore apart their door getting back in, and after three days he still refused to leave the house. Amazingly enough... he never, ever, ever even came within a hundred yards of that fence again
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Unread 02-23-2009, 03:06 PM
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Re: Made my sides hurt, to funny

Wow!!! I can't say that I have ever had it that bad, but growing up on the farm and around many other farms and ranches, I have had many run ins with some mean fences.
While peeing in the dark I have been lifted and set flat on my back a feet away, and one time after fishing and swimming I was wet head to toe going through a barbed wire fence that unknown to me was charged. When that first barb stuck into my back I screamed like a little girl watching her brother rip the head off barbie. Then I made things worse by thrashing to get through the fence. I don't ever want to go down that road again.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 03:29 PM
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ewww barb wire. I was about 7 and rode my go cart into a barb wire fence. i hurt for a day or so.I have about 30 2 inch cuts from head to toe. After i heeld up my grandpa made me help in fixing the fence.

About the worse fun pain I have had was when I put some hay in the big barn door.the cow came to eat and when it did I jumped out of the loft in its back. About the time a grabed a hand ful of ears it jumpes and off we went. i don't know who was more scared.the cow for having an 80 pound idiot on its back that fell from the sky or me trying to figuer out what to do next.jump off or ride it untill it dies.She spun around and ran in the barn. She used everything in the barn to hit me on. I hurt from head to toe for a week after that.

Me and some friends went cow tipping one was my 10th birthday. I got my first true cowboy rope. well I slung it over the cows neck.Well it woke up and here we go. It drug me for about 100 yards in the dark who would have thunk to let the rope was my b-day present and i was going to keep it. well it took 2 weeks before i found it out i the field.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 03:50 PM
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Heh! Heh! Bit off more than you could chew with that cow.
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Unread 02-28-2009, 12:54 PM
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Re: Made my sides hurt, to funny


That was a gut buster....
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