can cut the tops at an angle to help shed rainwater. Otherwise, use a pencil to mark a level line at the cut height, and then use a speed-square to transfer that level line to all four sides of the post. Use the pencil lines as a guide to make the cut with a reciprocating saw. The caps then fit snugly over the post tops and attach with exterior- grade wood screws.
The new wood fence should be protected with a waterproof stain/sealer. This step also pro- vides the opportunity to apply your color tone of choice. Use a product from a reputable manufacturer to protect against damage from water, rot and UV rays.
We covered the first row of fence boards with a second row, stag- gering the joints to close the gaps.
Here's a closeup of the staggered joint pattern.
Each post top was cut level in preparation for a post cap.