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Instructions

Beekeeper Starter Kit Instructions

Kit Contents & Definitions

Energizer:
KITBEEP - Patriot P5 (Plug-in/Battery)
KITBEES - Patriot SolarGuard 150 (Solar)
Converts the source energy (110v or 12v) into a low amperage/high voltage stinging shock which pulses through the fence every 1.5 seconds to produce the psychological deterrent for predators.

Patriot Fence/ Ground Leads:
Connects 1) The energizer to the fence and 2) The energizer to the ground rod (KITBEES). Note: Leads are stored inside energizer.

Ground Rod:
A galvanized steel rod that, when pounded at least 3-1/2’ into the ground, acts as an “antenna” to collect and return voltage to the energizer. It is typically located near the energizer preferably in moist soil.

Ground Rod Clamp:
Connects insulated wire from the energizer to the ground rod. (KITBEEP)

Energizer Support T-Post:
Supports solar energizer

50’ Roll of Insulated Wire:
Connects the energizer with the fence and/or ground rod when the energizer is plugged into an 110v electrical outlet and located away from the fence and ground field. (KITBEEP)

ElectroNet PLUS 50':
Perimeter netting fence with built-in posts.

Power Link:
Carries voltage from one conductor to another or from an insulated wire to a fence. (KITBEEP)

5-Light Wireless Fence Tester:
Instrument used to measure the voltage in the fence.

Warning Signs:
Hang at the top of the netting by a post to warn bystanders.

 

Installation Instructions

1) Unpack the kit contents and identify all items.

2) Netting Set Up: Install the roll of electric netting around hives leaving at least a 3-4’ buffer to the closest hive so a bear cannot reach it over the fence. Be sure to place the first post at the point closest to where the energizer is located (for plug-in) or where the energizer will be located. For solar energizers, be sure this is the location that receives the greatest amount of sun. Refer to Wellscroft’s Netting Instructions for more information on setting up the net.

3) Energizer Set Up for Plug-in/Battery Kit:
A. PLUG-IN/BATTERY KIT: Decide whether the energizer will be powered by 110 volts (plug-in) or 12 volts (battery). For plug-in operation, mount the energizer near a grounded electrical outlet, preferably on the exterior of a building, so the cord will reach the outlet. For battery operation, mount the energizer off the ground on a post 1-2 feet inside the fence while still allowing the leads to connect to the fence and ground. For either operation, it is recommended to shelter the energizer from direct rain and weather, but it does not have to be encased.
B. SOLAR KIT: Place the Energizer Support T-Post 2’ inside the fence near the beginning net post and orient it so the knobby side (top of the T) is facing direct sunlight (due south for most of the US). Guide the molded mount on the solar energizer down over the T-post so it sits securely.

4) Ground System: Pound the ground rod at least 3½’ into the earth near the energizer. Install at least 30’ away from utility ground rods and underground electrical or water lines.
A. PLUG-IN/BATTERY KIT: Use a piece of insulated wire to connect the ground terminal on the energizer to the ground rod with clamp. For battery operations, connect the ground lead to the ground rod using the alligator clip.
B. SOLAR KIT: Connect the ground lead (usually black or green) from energizer ground terminal to the ground rod with alligator clip.

5) Connections:
A. PLUG-IN/BATTERY KIT: If the energizer is installed next to an electrical outlet, run the insulated wire out to the fence and at least halfway up the beginning net post, secure it with cable ties or sturdy tape. Strip away 1” of the insulation and use the power link to connect the insulated wire to the stainless clip at the top of the net.
B. SOLAR KIT: Connect the fence lead (usually red) from energizer fence terminal to the stainless clip at the top of the net.

6) Bait: Wellscroft highly recommends baiting the fence. Before turning on the fence, hang a partially opened tuna can from the top conductive strand where it intersects a post (to support the weight of the can). Be sure to punch a couple holes in the bottom of the can to allow water to drain. If necessary, place an additional bait cup at an appropriate height for your predators.

7) Test: Prior to turning on the fence, install warning signs on top strand around one of the net posts, then turn on the energizer and measure the voltage in the fence using the included tester. A generally acceptable reading should be 4000 volts or higher. If reading is below 4000, test the ground field as well and add additional grounding if the reading from ground system is greater than 1000 volts.

8) Maintenance: It is important to regularly monitor the voltage in the fence. Keep vegetation beneath the fence trimmed so it does not grow up into the fence and short it out. Consider using a narrow vegetation barrier such as shingles, landscape fabric, or carpet strips to prevent grass and weeds from growing into the conductive strands. Do not extend the vegetation barrier more than 4” outside the net, doing so could insulate the predator thus reducing the shock and the effectiveness of the psychological fence.