Maybe it was after a day of cutting, splitting and stacking wood. A day when we used a multitude of muscles that were not hardened to that kind of work.
Maybe it was the day after running a marathon or roofing a house...tasks that are not your every-day kind of jobs.
That is how I felt yesterday.
I ran through the list of everything I had done the previous two days. That explained some of the sore muscles but not all of them. The sorest muscles on my body were my triceps. Nothing I had done could account for them being sore.
Is there a better therapy than a good nights sleep?
In the middle of the night, it hit me.
I had been walking the perimeter of the fence and taking a few pictures when I heard the snapping of a short in the fence.
Not all shorts make a snapping sound. Only the ones where the fence has to spark across an air-gap.
|The dark streak is sometimes called a "carbon trace" although, in this case, it is probably mostly iron oxide that vaporized off the two sides of the arc. In this case, the spark was arcing across about a half inch.|
The cause was self-evident, the wire had twisted and the point of the barb had gotten too close to the fastener holding the insulator on the steel post.
Incidentally, this is a legacy system. The post is from more than 25 years ago and the Captain repurposed the barbed wire for the electric fence. Barbed wire is NOT the preferred wire for an electric fence. For one thing, it can grab clothing when you are stepping over it and the barbs make it very difficult to "pull off" the fence when it is energized. That can be very, very bad if the victim is a child or has a heart condition.
The other reason it is not preferred is that barbed wire is about five times more likely to short out than smooth. Barbed wire collects trash (including wire and sticks kicked into it as cows walk by, hangs up on woven wire fence and the barbs act as lightning rods for arcing.
I didn't have any tools with me to fix the short. Then, I had the bright idea "I will just grab the steel post and yank it sideways so the insulator is a couple of inches away from the barb."
I really didn't think about it beyond the fact that both the post and I were on the ground side of the short.
Yes, it knocked me on my dupa.
THAT is why my muscles are sore: the old Electric Fence Plyometric workout. I am sure that at least a dozen readers can identify with the feeling.