Be a Post Master, Installing Deck and Fencing Posts
Dig, align, and finish the job
Dig an 8"-diameter hole at least 6" deeper than your area's frost line for each 4x4 post, using a power auger, hand auger, or post-hole digger. A 6x6 post requires a 10"-diameter hole. Shovel a 6" layer of gravel into the hole to provide drainage. Now, put the strings back on the batterboards, but move them toward the outside of the layout by one-half the post thickness. Set each post in its hole, and move it until the outside edge lines up with the string. Attach two braces to adjacent sides of the post with screws, and drive a stake next to each brace. Use a level to make sure the post is plumb -- check adjacent sides -- and fasten the braces to the stakes with screws. When everything lines up, add water to premixed concrete, and fill the holes.
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