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How do you join electric fence polywires and tapes?

Sometimes electric fence wires and tapes break or just need joining at intersections of fencing. These are a couple of the best solutions including both short term and long term permanent connections and joins.

Short term electric fence joins

If you need to make a quick short term connection in your electric fence.

How to quickly join electric fence polywire, braid or polytape in 4 easy steps.

Total Time: 4 minutes

1. Tie and join your polywire, braid or tape

Take both ends of the break in your electric fence wire or tape and tie them together as securely as you can, leaving just over an inch or about 4 centimetres of excess wire or tape on both sides.

2. Get ready to connect the circuit for power

Melt the polymer/plastic fibres back using a lighter or small flame to expose the thin metal wires. Try not to heat the thin wire too much as they will melt if kept red hot for too long. If you can’t find a method of melting the polymer or plastic just separate the metal wires and plastic strands by hand by gently pulling and separating the strands a bit at a time.

3. Get connected, it’s important

Group all the metal strands together and twist them tightly into one secure solid strand. This will prevent arcing and sparking from wires that are close but not in full contact. If you just tie your tape or wire normally without this step there is a good chance of creating sparks that will over time create burns in and around the join and lead to power loss or less kicking power of the electric fence itself. it takes more energy to push power through the air than through the wires so any arc or spark is a loss.

4. Clean it it up and you’re good to go

Carefully clean up and excess polymer fibres or sharp edges with side cutters, heavy scissors or a knife. Fold the metal wire group over on itself to prevent the pointy end from catching anything and you’re good to go.
If you are after a cleaner and better long term solution, use an electric fence connection bolt, joiner or clamp to make secure electric fence joins.


  • Lighter or small flame

Materials: Any electric fence polywires, tapes or braids

How to join electric fence polywire and polytape the right way.


For a cleaner more secure join for your electric fence wire or tape that reduces arcing and sparking, use joiners like connection bolts, crimps and clamps that are designed for electric fence joins and break repairs.
The larger surface area of the electric fence joiners ensures better connection of the metallic strands in any electric fence wire or tape.
Bolts and clamps are great for temporary fencing where your electric fence joins are only need for short periods of time.
Crimps are also great for a long term secure connection with great surface contact. Any reduction in sparks and arcing will increase the power of your electric fence and prevent burns on your poly tapes, ropes, braids and wires.

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