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Good Fencing / Bad Fencing

It is important to note that all electric fences are most definitely not equal. Our consultants are often contacted by potential clients they prepared quotations for saying they had accepted another quotation and:

a. The fence installed and the fence they had in mind don’t match;
b. The fence does not effectively secure the perimeter.

In all of the above-mentioned cases, pricing was the overriding consideration. In their “rush” to accept the cheapest possible quotation, homeowners “failed” to do their homework and or just did not care, resulting in a “bakkie” brigade installation, with catastrophic results.

The following photographs are classic examples of “Other” and “Gido” fencing:

"Other" Fencing


Gido Fencing

Wrong application: Never step with round bar.
Result: Broken insulator.
Correct application:
Stepping with the correct type of bracket

Incorrect stepping with round bar. Notice the cable ties used to hold the wires in place. Under these conditions it is not possible to adequately tension wires.
Notice the wire following the bobbin contour. These wires can now be properly tensioned.

This client got a quote with NO specifications. He was horrified to find this 3 strand fence installed. Do you know what you will be getting?
Always ask for detailed installation specifications. An example of a quality Gido electric fence. This client knew exactly what he would be getting.

Although installed only a couple of years ago, this a prime example of what happens when pricing is the overriding factor.
Another example of quality Gido workmanship.

An installation with sub-standard material.
Notice bent support stay.


Freestanding fence stays should have a minimum wall thickness of 3mm.


Gido originally quoted this client. The client wanted a “Good Price”, accepting another cheaper quotation. He sure got what he wanted. Notice the bracket spacing at 9 metres!
A wall properly secured with a Gido fence. Brackets should ideally not be spaced more than 3 metres apart.

Another ineffective installation, using the wrong tensioning material. Notice how the springs have over- stretched, resulting in slack wires.
The proper way to tension wires.

Another nasty installation. Notice how the high tension cables just hang from the bracket.
A Gido fence has the high tension cables coming out of the conduit.

An example of bad planning for a townhouse complex.
A Gido fence that was properly designed at the outset.
Installing the correct fence the first time could save your life.

Two fences and both are ineffective.
The original 5 strand bracket installed by the developer was ineffective. A new 10 string round bar bracket system was subsequently installed. Although a decent height, it is the wrong bracket for this type of application as it can be bent.
Get it right the first time with Gido. We install quality, effective electric fencing.

Notice the gap between the wall and the gate.
A well secured pillar and gate section installed by Gido with no gaps.

A classic example of an installer that does not know what he is doing. Notice the single high tension wire going across to the gate section. Notice that all the strands on the gate are joined. This is called parallel wiring. This gate offers NO security as all one has to do is cut the HT and the gate is bypassed. Because it is in parallel, no alarm will sound!
Notice the difference. On the left the boundary wall and on the right the one gate leaf. Notice how neatly the HT’s (bottom centre) go across. Notice the gate wired in series, live and earth.

High Tension cables hang randomly down the side of the pre-cast post at this gate.
Notice the difference. The HT’s are placed in a conduit. (White pipe in the centre of the photograph.)

This complex had problems with the zoning of their fence. The fence had not worked for a few years. We discovered 5 energisers in the guardhouse! Instead of addressing the design shortcomings, a number of companies had simply added more energisers.
Notice the difference. A single state-of-the-art 20 zone energiser has been installed that fulfils the complexs' requirements.

This client called Gido to service her energiser. Our technician could not find the energiser but eventually traced the cables to this… A car coil connected to a transformer!
A qualified Gido technician busy installing an energiser on yet another installation.

Proof that razor wire and palisading do not keep intruders out. This old age home eventually had to install electrified fencing, and as always, the “cheap” route was followed. Notice 5 strand brackets. Gido was called in to assess after yet another break-in.
Notice the electrified fence Gido had to install in front of the palisading and razor wire.

An example of bad planning. The round bar was initially installed by the developer. This was followed by the black bracket on the inside of the wall. The 3rd fence is the white bracket on the outside of the wall.
An example of a well designed Gido fence.
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