The Hot Foot Electrack A.S. (Anti-Stretch) Electric Shock System is a
low-amperage, direct current electric deterrent for birds which is very safe for
humans. The two-wire system consists of a "live" wire and a ground wire running
closely together through a flexible track which is made from a fire retardant
plastic that will not support combustion. When a bird (or other animal) steps on
the two wires at the same time, it creates a circuit from the live wire through
the bird to the ground wire, giving them a very mild electric shock.
This shock is unpleasant, but it does not harm the birds in any way - in fact
it is much like the electric static zap you get occasionally when you touch a
doorknob. It's more of a mental conditioning for the birds rather than a
physical barrier, letting them know they're not wanted. The birds avoid further
discomfort by flying off, never to return again. Better yet, the birds will make
warning signals to the other birds around it, so not every single bird has to
step on the track to get the message!
The Hot Foot Electrack A.S. Electric Shock System is perfect for ledges,
parapets, rooftops, and other areas where birds of any size like to nest or
roost. It is extremely low profile so it is usually not noticeable from the
ground. Its patent-pending design virtually eliminates stretching and sagging,
and only needs to be secured every 5 ft with adhesive, reducing installation
time and costs. It is also bendable, curving around corners and other
architectural features without breaking or needing to be cut and re-joined.
The system is also extremely cost-efficient with solar options available, yet
it can power many feet of track with just one transformer. For example, the Hot
Foot SPB-HP High Power Solar Box (low impedance) is a 12-volt solar-powered box
that can energize up to 5,200 feet of track - that's about 1 mile of
The Hot Foot Electrack A.S. Electric Shock System is one of the best - if not
the best - shock deterrent system on the market today.
Any alteration to the design of the Hot Foot Electrak A.S. system and failure
to follow these installation instructions may void the warranty and/or lead to
Please follow these safety procedures:
- Inform the Building Management, maintenance
staff and anyone else who might possibly come into contact with the track, about
its location and operation. The low-amperage, direct current system cannot
physically harm a person, but the mild shock it delivers can startle people
leading to slip and fall hazards. Instruct all persons on how to disconnect the
system from the power supply. The system should be disconnected before any work
is done around it.
- Mount warning labels in
visible areas to identify the electrified system clearly.
- Never lean over or touch the system while in operation.
- Never use more than one energizer on the same system.
- Ensure that the track is properly grounded to ensure good performance.
- For connecting tracks separated by a distance far enough that a lead-out wire is
required, it is recommended you use a Hot Foot terminal block (Hot Foot Cat. No.
TB) which will completely eliminate any chance of arcing and will make your
- To connect tracks end to
end, simply butt the two ends together, twist current carrying wires which are
adjacent to each other, and then crimp the twisted joint firmly using a crimp
(Hot Foot Cat. No. CR), as described in Step 5 of Track Installation, below.
Fit the first track of Electrak as close to the leading edge of the
surface being treated as possible. Subsequent tracks should be spaced apart
according to the density of roosting birds. Try to ensure that when you connect
subsequent tracks together that the wire used for connection to the active
output on the power box is the wire at the outer edge of the track.
For high density birds (birds sitting very close together and for large,
established flocks using the site on a regular basis either nesting or
roosting); lay one track every 6-8" apart. If you have a ledge that is 8" wide
then you should run two tracks (one at the leading edge and one at the rear).
For medium density birds (birds sitting close together and for mid sized
flocks using the site on a regular basis either nesting or roosting); lay one
track every 12" apart.
For low density birds (sparse birds and for small numbers of birds using the
site on a regular or irregular basis for either nesting or roosting); lay one
track every 18-24" apart.
Use the following "Easy Calculator" as your short cut to determining the
number of tracks to be applied.
||No. of Tracks
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Lay the track out onto the surface and fix one end of the first track
firmly, using a suitable anchor.
- On masonry, use a 3/16" plastic screw anchor and screw. Do not
over-tighten to avoid cracking the track.
- On wood, use a wood nail or a Hot Foot adhesive such as E6100 or Fastbond
- On steel, use a Hot Foot adhesive such as E6100 or Fastbond.
- On sheet metal, use a sheet metal screw. Do not over-tighten to avoid
cracking the track.
Once the first section of track is installed, connect to the power box (see
"Power Box Installation," below).
Pull on the track at the far opposite end just so it sits straight on the
surface and then attach this end as described above. If you are joining
additional tracks together at this point, attach remaining tracks in the same
manner until all tracks have been fitted. (See Step 6 below on joining the
It is not necessary to use mounting clips for the Hot Foot Electrack A.S.
system as it will not stretch when installed. Simply apply an adhesive such as
E6100 or Fastbond every 5ft, and a fastener every 30ft as described in Step 2
above. Areas of higher winds or more exposure to the elements may require
fastening the track at shorter intervals.
To join tracks together, simply take the exposed wire from each track and
twist them together to form a good, solid connection. Slide a connector crimp
over this joint and crimp firmly. If you have cut the tracks and there aren't
any exposed wires, take a pair of sharp-nosed pliers and pull a 1/2" section of
wire from the plastic track. Cut away the non-wire carrying piece of remaining
track using scissors or shears.
To jump the power from one track to another in order to conduct power
through both, use Hot Foot Jump Ferrules (Cat No JC) which are split. Expose
approximately 1/2" of track conducting wire by pulling it from the base using
sharp-nose pliers. Slide the split ferrule under this wire through the split.
Cut a suitable length of Twinwire (TW-50, TW-100) to run from one track to the
next and insert one end of the stripped Twinwire into the split ferrule and then
crimp firmly. Do the same to the other end of the Twinwire to connect to the
next track (see photo).
Power Box Installation
Insert the fuse into the power box if necessary. Some power boxes come
with the fuse already installed.
Fully charge the battery/solar box by placing in daylight or sunlight for
24-48 hours, or until your digital test meter (Hot Foot Cat. No. EVT-D) records
an output voltage of over 7.5KV.
Mount the power box to face south if installed in the northern hemisphere
OR to face north if installed in the southern hemisphere.
Run your Twinwire (Hot Foot Cat. No. TW-50 or TW-100) from the power box
to the place where the first track is to be fitted. You must use lead-out wire
which has at minimum 7,500-volt insulation.
Once the first section of track has been fitted, connect the power box to
the track with Twinwire. Take one piece of Twinwire of sufficient length to run
from the power box to the first track. Split the Twinwire at each end to expose
the two individual power wires and their insulation. Strip both ends of both
wires a distance of 1". Attach one lead-out wire to each of the power terminals
on the power box and then run both cables to the first track. Attach by crimping
using a Hot Foot crimp (Cat No. CR) or preferably by exposing the Twinwire and
inserting it into a terminal block (Cat No. TB) as shown in the picture. The Hot
Foot Electrack A.S. conducting wires are run into the other side of the terminal
block and an arc-proof connection is made.
Turn the power on and check the voltage by testing at the power box with a
digital voltage tester (Item No. EVT-D). You should have approx 6,800-7,500
volts for the battery/solar unit and the 110 volt power box. Further, the power
unit should have a flashing light to indicate power.
If power is low or non-existent, check connections and look for any short
circuits. Refer to the "Common Problems" section below.
Turn the power off, install the second track to the surface and then join
the two tracks using Twinwire or butt two tracks together and join wires
directly. When attaching Twinwire to the track, or when joining tracks together,
it is essential that a positive connection be made in order to minimize power
loss along the installation. This should be done by twisting the lead-out wire
many times around the track wires and then crimping firmly using a good crimping
tool. When joining two tracks together, twist track wires firmly together and
then crimp also.
Installation and Operating Instructions for Your Hot Foot Energizer
- Drill which can make a 3/16" hole in the mounting surface+
- Screwdriver with Phillips head
- Cutting shears which will cut the track if necessary and a cutting tool for
the lead-out wire
- Crimping tool (Item No. CRIMP)
- Voltage test meter (Item No. EVT-D)
- Hot Foot Adhesive
To Install the Battery/Solar Unit
Both the solar powered box (SPB) and the High Powered Solar box (SPB-HP)
come fully assembled. For optimum performance it is essential that the solar
panel faces south (for applications in countries located in the northern
Hemisphere; for countries in the southern hemisphere, the solar panel should
face north). Be sure to select a location where the solar panel will not be
shaded by trees, buildings, or other objects.
Mount the energizer to a wall or
similar structure using the keyhole slot in the mounting bracket on the rear of
The energizer is now ready to connect to the track using the
Twinwire lead-out Wire. Once this is connected to the Earth and Active
terminals, turn the chrome switch all the way to the left and confirm that the
red indicator light is flashing. Use the digital test meter to check output
Periodically inspect the solar panels for dust, dirt etc., and clean
- Indequate earth connection.
- Track wires are connected somewhere thereby causing a direct short
- The track was installed and left before the energizer was fitted. This can
result in birds landing, defecating on the track and thereby causing a short
- Where the lead-out wires are connected to the tracks, crimps are touching
or are close enough to cause a short circuit.
- NEVER use any wire other than Hot Foot Twinwire or wire rated to 10KV.
Common household electrical cord is not satisfactory.
- Poor connections between tracks joined together will reduce or stop
Keeping the Active Wire to the Outside
The Electrack A.S. base has two stainless-steel wires running parallel along
its entire length. One wire is to be used for carrying the current and one is
for the earth. When installing Electrack A.S. always try to ensure that each
track has the outer wire connected to the active output of the power box. See
diagram above. This is not essential but considered beneficial.
Hot Foot Electrack A.S. is made from UV-resistant, fire retardant PVC which
has an excellent non-conductive material. It is supplied in rolls of either 50ft
or 100ft which is applied to the surface from which birds are to be repelled.
Electrack A.S. is manufactured in a continuous strip with notches cut out
along the entire length to allow flexing in any direction but will limit
stretching lengthwise. This is a patented feature.
Connection from one track to another track and from the power box to the
track is made using insulating wire which has an insulation rating of 10,000
volts (10KV). Hot Foot Twinwire (50 ft rolls Cat No. TW-50 or 100ft rolls Cat
No. TW-100) is ideal for this function. Twinwire is multi-strand wire with
several layers of insulation and is U.V. Resistant.
Crimps are copper with nickel coating.
Power Boxes are all fused for safety and will outperform all other energizers
on the market. Hot Foot Electrack A.S. power boxes are available in 110 volt or
220 volt, and 12-volt solar. These unique boxes have three layers of lightning
- Switch power
- Double insulated transformer
Our power boxes are rugged weatherproof in design and have big, easy grip
knobs to simplify installation. 110 volt power boxes should be installed in a
weatherproof case for outdoor use.
- Energized track (Electrack A.S.™; 50ft or 100ft rolls, Item No. FT50C,
- Crimps (100 per pack) used for joining current conducting wires together and
for attaching lead-out wire to the track (Item No. CR).
- Energizer Box, either solar (Cat. No. SPB or SPB-HP) or electric (Item No.
- Lead-out wire used to join two tracks together and to connect the track to
the energizer box (Cat. No. TW-50 and TW-100).
- Warning labels (three per bag, Item No. WL) to warn people that the electric
track is fitted.
- Digital Voltage Test Meter (Item No. EVT-D) needed to test the voltage output
of the energizer at multiple points in the installation.
Accessories for Installation
- Jump Ferrules (Cat. No. JC) used to clamp onto Electrack A.S. wires in order
to connect one track to another at any convenient point.Adhesives - we supply Hot Foot E6100, Fastbond, and AD5510 for installation of the Electrack system in outdoor locations.
- AD5510 is most favored as it is a non-slump, high UV-resistant product, which is very sticky right out of the
- Fastbond is a construction-grade adhesive which has fantastic holding power and is flexible, long lasting but is
gray in color and is not sticky right out of the tube.
- E6100 is also non-slump but with less life than the AD5510 when used in high-sunlight conditions.
Supplies of any one of these components can be purchased separately.