Be a Post Master, Installing Deck and Fencing Posts
X marks the spot
At each corner, transfer the strings' intersection down to the ground with a plumb line. You can find an inexpensive plumb bob at a home center, and a camera or telescope tripod makes a handy holder. Keep the plumb line about 1/8" away from the strings, so that you're not pushing them out of position. The plumb bob locates the spot for the center of the post. Mark that point, then remove the strings to make room for digging.
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