Having a good quality fence doesn’t just improve the curb value of your home. It also provides much needed privacy and security, especially if you’ve got small kids and/or pets.
There are many different styles of fencing and it’s easy enough for do-it-yourselfers to put up their own fence. Perhaps the trickiest part of the whole job is making sure that the fence posts are perfectly straight.
So, before you head over to the lumber yard to pick up your wood you’re going to want to make sure that the spots where you care going to excavate and install your fence posts are in a perfectly straight line.
The best way to do this is with a laser level. You’ll need a few other pieces of hardware too.
Here’s a list of the gear you need to use a laser level to allign fence posts.
- A Sensor Bracket
- A Laser Level
- A Hand Level
- Wooden Stakes
- A Construction Tripod
- Safety Goggles
Always remember to put on your safety goggles before using the laser level or laser tape measurer and avoid pointing the laser at anyone’s eyes.
So, now that you’ve got all the geat that you need, here’s a step-by-step guide to putting up perfectly straight fence posts.
Set up the construction tripod at the point where you want the line of fence posts to start. To make sure that the tripod is level use a hand level. Once the bubble’s in the middle you know that the tripod’s level.
Attach the laser level to the tripod in the vertical position. With your goggles on (this important point of safety can’t be stressed enough) you can look directly at the laser. It should appear sideways as it marks a straight line along the ground.
Tighten the laser level to the tripod with its threaded ball attachment to prevent the tripod from falling over.
Once it’s secured to the tripod, turn on the laser
Wait for 30 seconds as the laser self-levels itself along the vertical plane.
Put the laser level into rotate mode.
Fasten a sensor bracket to a wooden stake and hold it at the position where you want the next fence post to go.
Move the wooden stake from side to side until the laser hits it and the sensor bracket beeps and presents a straight line on its display screen.
Making sure that the vertical line in the sensor bracket’s display stays straight, carefully place another wooden stake )not the one with the sensor bracket attached to it) in the ground.
Move the stake/sensor bracket to the next fence post location and repeat the process.
That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve decided on the best laser level in your price range you can start familiarizing yourself with its use. Having a laser level or laser tape measurer is like having a grout removal tool —this is a tool with a multitude of applications, and after your fencing project is finished you’ll likely find yourself using your laser level again in the future.