The easiest way to begin laying your new fence is to identify where the corners will be. Hammer a stake securely into the ground at each corner. Once all of your corners are marked with temporary stakes, run mason’s line or string tightly from stake to stake, tying around each stake as you go. This will allow you to visualize your fence line’s layout, and address any problems in the layout plan.
Use these lines to mark the position of the first post. Then measure out on the line to mark the rest of the posts along the fence. Next locate, mark, and measure any planned openings, such as gates.
Now measure off your line and gate openings, and you should have an accurate estimate of the applicable materials you will need.