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      Tools List

      • nylon mason's line and stakes
        Mason line and stakes
      • post hole digger
        Posthole digger
      • hand clamps
      • four-foot level
        4-foot level
      • miter saw
        Miter saw
      • pneumatic brad nailer
        Pneumatic brad nail gun
      • circular saw
        Circular saw (fitted with a rip fence)
      • drill
        Drill/driver (fitted with -inch paddle bit)

      Shopping List

      1. 4×4 pressure-treated posts
      Get them long enough to go below the frost line; at least one-third of each post must be buried.

      2. Cedar 1×6 lumber
      To be ripped to make the post sleeves, stops, and cap rail.

      3. Cedar square lattice
      Get 4-by-8 sheets that can be cut into two panels each.

      4. Self-adhesive flashing to protect the portion of the post set in concrete.

      5. ¾-inch drainage stone

      6. Concrete
      Choose a fast-setting mix.

      7. 1¼-inch exterior grade brad nails

      8. 1-inch trim-head stainless-steel deck screws

      9. 3-inch stainless-steel deck screws

      10. Polyurethane glue

      11. Polyurethane construction adhesive

      12. Painter's tape

      13. Post caps
      Get 5¼-inch post caps to fit over the sleeved 4×4 posts.