Simplify your next fence project

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If it's time to build, or rebuild, some fencing around your house, here are answers to a few commonly asked questions that might help make your next fencing project a little easier. Q: How do I lay out exactly where the fence will go? First of all, you need to determine if the fence will go directly along the line between your property and your neighbor's. If that's the case, you need to determine exactly where your property lines are and lay out the fence accordingly. In fact, it may even be necessary to pay for a property line survey, because if you end up putting your fence on your neighbor's property, you may end up incurring the cost of ripping all that fencing out and redoing it. If the fence is not going on a property line, then it's only necessary to determine where you want the fence to start and stop. Once you've determined the course of the fence, drive a stake in at each corner. Stretch a string tightly between the stakes, and use the string to determine the line of constr...