Here’s how to make sure your fence is straight and square so it looks its best.
You will need to already have your fence or property line mapped out with tape or string. If you haven’t located your fence or property lines yet, click here to learn how.
When squaring up a fence, using the classic 3-4-5 rule is the most effective way to get an accurately squared corner.
Start in one corner of the fence layout. If the corner isn’t marked with a temporary stake, mark it. Using the temporary fence or property lines, measure three feet down the line to the left, and mark the spot with a stake. Start at the corner again, and now measure four feet down the line to the right, and mark the spot with another stake.
Starting at the left stake, measure straight across to the right stake. If the distance is exactly five feet, your corner is perfectly square.
For larger projects simply use a larger number combination making all three numbers divisible by 3-4-5, i.e., 21-28-35 (21÷3=7, 28÷4=7, and 35÷5=7).