Neighbor putting up electric fence close to my pool

Twolabs

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Apr 13, 2014
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Our inground pool is close to the back of our property line. Behind the pool there is probably 3-4 ft to our wood fence. The fence is only 3 ft high (when we built out here, we had no neighbors behind us and wanted to preserve the view).

Our rear neighbors are putting in a horse behind us and they are putting up a solar powered electric fence about 1-2 ft behind our wood fence to keep the horse back from our fence and eating our holly trees. The fence will probably be 7-8 ft from the water. Separated by some shrubs, and a wood fence. It will be closer to our gunite slide. Probably 4 ft from the slide, because the slide is closer to the fence.

Any safety concerns here?
 

ajw22

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I don't know the voltage and current involved in an electric fence.

My concern would be any tree or shrubs near the fence that can fall and land on the electric fence and in the pool.

Is the wood fence higher or lower then the electric fence? Would anything falling land on the wood fence ridge before touching the electric fence? Even though a tree limb with branches could land on the top of the wooden fence and branches could touch the electric fence.

Do you have a risk of touching the electric fence with the back of a telescoping metal pool pole when brushing or skimming the pool?
 

RonsPlc

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an electric fence won't hurt a thing at that distance. The only time the circuit is complete with an electric fence is when something that is touching the ground touches the wire (completing the circuit).

If you retrieve any floats, or pool toys that have blown over your wood fence, I would advise caution that you don't touch the electric fence especially when you are wet!

I have horses, and cattle here, and deal with electric fences all the time.
 

tstex

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I'm w Ron on this one...

when the term "electric fence" is used and you think of a pool "water", yes, your mind goes to a 110 outlet plug, etc. The fact that it is solar powered means you have no power source other than the battery in the charger. As stated, the only way you can get "popped" is if you touch the fence while on the ground. while the fence is operating, there is absolutely nothing to worry about to you or your pool from any type of electrical charges...even if the fence wire fell into your pool, it would be so grounded/diluted that you wouldn;t feel anything. I have 3 electric fences: 2 solar and 1 that plugs into a 110...never had an issue

enjoy yourselves
 

Twolabs

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Thank you very much for the comments, it eases my mind a little bit.

There is virtually no risk of a brush or pole coming in contact with it, and there are also no overhanging trees that could pose a risk.
 
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