Most metals rust rapidly due to the high voltages involved and rust inhibits electrical flow. All the metal parts of our fences are made from stainless steel, which will not rust.
The high voltage combines with the nylon in the tape to produce a mild form of chlorine gas that attacks and oxidises all metals. If any part starts to turn black that is a warning that the chemical change is starting. Remove the tape and clean the black off tape and fitting. It is a wise precaution to coat all metal parts, and particularly energiser lugs, regularly with WD40, silicone wax or petroleum jelly as this stops this oxidisation process.
If left two things happen. Power drops dramatically and, in time, the tape filaments become brittle carbon. Carbon is non conductive.
You Will Need
Joining buckle (20mm) R22
Stainless steel buckle for a very quick and neat method of joining two pieces of broken or cut electric tape together.
Insulated sprung gate handle – R11
Stainless steel sprung electric fence gate handle. Designed specifically for tapes, the gate has a connecting buckle at the end of the spring that attaches to the tape like a raincoat buckle. The other end hooks onto a tensioner wire (R36N).
Power Connectors – R59A
A pair of power connector clips for R28 Teflon insulated cable.
40mm joining buckle – R24
These joining buckles are made in stainless steel and are a very quick and neat method of joining two pieces of 40mm tape together.