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Scots go South (Part 1)

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So the Scots went South VERY far South and met up with the English for a spot of training and manual labour..........!

We had checked and rechecked the weather and it was to be wet VERY wet so you can imagine our delight when we arrive to the sun splitting the stones :-)  and the use of sunglasses was welcomed over the use of water proofs.

Day 1

After welcomes, introductions and lunch we headed to work..

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Well as you can see it was a nice view we had.

Our 1st job was to set up fencing to stop horses from leaning over the posts and breaking them. So off we set with the sun on our back and not a care in the world, that was until we realised we were doing 300 m of fencing manual tension, then we broke a sweat..

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So the fence had been measured in a fashion for us and we were given all the different insulators for paddock rope. So off we went to manually attach approx 75 insulators, as I said we had a variety so we could try them out and tell you all about them their easy of use etc we got to approx 60 of the 75 and then we were let in on a secret..........there was a power tool, well we all squealed with delight that was until it was handed to me and I had to be the 1st to use it, lets just say I did ok but soooo much better that my two colleagues lots of laughter and a video followed, we may or may not attach it. But the last 15 went in a breeze once we got the hang of said power tool. So all of the insulators are in place now to get the paddock rope up.

Starting from the 1st insulator we used a Rope joiner see picture CIMG3476

From there we walked backwards threading the rope into all of the insulators using hand tension easier than it sounds, also you will see the hose pipe roll we used, great if you have to move fencing roll it up in one of these and no knots when you come to use it again.

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There will be photos at the bottom of all of the insulators we used, it was a large variety. So once we all had a turn at walking backwards, keeping the tension and filing the rope into the insulators it was time to finish it off, we used a Corner Pulley and a Inline Rope Joining Buckle, the corner pulley helped us to tension the rope and the joining buckle held the tension

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(what I must say here is the we only needed to stop the horses leaning over into the farmers field and breaking the posts so we only ran 1 line of rope over an existing fence)

So once we had checked the rope was in place and nice and tensioned

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We headed back over to attached it to the power source, Sorry the only photo I have is the connection of the energiser to the fence line, but we used Super hawk, (other battery energisers are available) this houses the battery 9 or 12 V inside.

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As you can see the clip is attached onto the Rope joiner.

So with the energiser and battery connected together and the the energiser connected to the fence the last thing to do is to test it....so debate was had to if we just touch it and see... I'm kidding we employed the use of out trusty fence tester the KV10. Our 1st test showed that we had not earthed the fencing properly so mallet in hand the earth stake was walloped lower into the ground, success we have over 6,000 volts flowing through our fence.

The horses stopped from leaning over to the greener grass

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Thanks to all involved and for letting me use the photos and videos. The one below video is a cracker.....

Meriel and power tool

Stay tuned for part 2...........

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Leslie Sutherland

About Leslie Sutherland

I have unfortunately got extensive knowledge of escape artists, so I know most of the tricks they use.

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