| Start by finding the
highest footing. Use a level (and straight edge if needed) and work your way
around the footings (Fig. 1). Now, set a post in the metal connector and mark
the desired height for the joists, and cut the post to length (Fig.
Then, to mark the next post, set the level on the top of the first
post and mark a level line, working from post to post (Fig. 3). Finally, remove
the posts, cut them to length and secure them to the connectors. Note: This tip
works equally well for posts that are sunk directly into the concrete footings.
Simply mark all the posts and cut them to height while theyre in