Batter boards are used to help ensure your project is level and square. These projects include fences, patios, decks, concrete pads, foundations and more.
Make batter boards (two stakes and a horizontal cross piece) out of furring strips and screws. Placed at the corners of your layout, batterboards support the layout strings and allow you to easily make adjustments by simply moving the strings.
Drive a batterboard into the ground to mark where the project starts. Tie mason’s string to the batterboard to mark the line where the edges will be set.
If your project is a square or rectangle, make sure the measurements between the corners are accurate and match your project plan.
Verify that the layout is square using the three-four-five method.
Before beginning any excavation, call 811 to check for underground utilities.