Crooked posts can throw a decking project into a tail spin in a hurry — “almost stright” won’t fly. To make sure you’ve got everything on the level, you need a bit of right-angled help from a post level. It isn’t much more than a 90-degree plastic piece with a level bubble on either side, but that’s all you need for quick adjustments to get a post or beam straight.
It also features a hook and loop strap that allows it to stay put hands-free while you cuss a lot and bang on the post to get the angle just right.
It may be a pain to stop and check each post and beam you put in, but trust us: you’d rather know now than wait until you’ve built a complete parallelogram later. And at just $5, you don’t have to be gentle with it or worry too much about dropping your expensive $50 level into concrete mix at the bottom of the post either.