Be a Post Master, Installing Deck and Fencing Posts
Go to your corners
Define each corner with a pair of batterboards. For each batterboard, make a pair of stakes by cutting two 1x2s to a point at one end, and drive them into the ground. Set them 2' away from the planned post location, and spaced so that the post will stand about halfway between the stakes. Attach a crosspiece with screws, as shown. Use a framing square to help you set the corner's other batterboard at a right angle to the first. When you have installed all of your batterboards, wrap a length of mason's string several times around a crosspiece, pull it tight to the facing batterboard at an adjacent corner, and wrap it there, marking the side of the structure through the center of each post. Continue until you've marked all four sides, with a pair of strings intersecting at each corner.
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