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Be a Post Master, Installing Deck and Fencing Posts

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It's hip to be square

It's hip to be square

At one corner of your planned structure, measure from the corner to a point 3' away on one string, and mark the spot on a piece of masking tape folded over the string. Then, measure the perpendicular string 4' out from the corner, and mark that point. Now, measure between your two marks. If the distance equals 5', the strings lie at right angles to one another. If the distance is less than or greater than 5', relocate the string on your batterboard until it's right on the money. Mark the correct spot on the board with a nail, or a handsaw kerf, in case the string gets moved by accident. Check the adjacent corners for square, and finish up at the opposite corner.

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Comments (8)
pbarnrob wrote:

My 1910 Craftsman house was reworked in about '78, and the wooden porch was taken out (rotten) and replaced with concrete. The 12x12 redwood posts were sunk into the concrete deck of the porch as the roof was re-assembled. Now one post is about 8" lower than the other, rotting in the hole, since there's nowhere for rain to go.

4/20/2012 03:18:59 PM Report Abuse
claysoules wrote:

RogersI2 raised the red flag about sinking wood in concrete. It it the WORST POSSIBLE solution to fixing a deck/fence post to the ground. Even steel posts when sunk into concrete will begin to rust at the surface of the concrete where the moisture from the elements oxidises the steel and rots the wood in a surprisingly fast pace. As RogerI2 said, use GALVANIZED embeds in the concrete and SEAL THE CONCRETE at the interface with the embed for a long-lasting installation.

3/26/2012 09:10:42 AM Report Abuse
stwining wrote:

Great article. Clear concise and to the point. If one can not follow this, they should probably farm the job out to someone more qualified.

4/1/2010 05:16:05 PM Report Abuse

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