Fence Building Questions

I'd like to install a fence on my property using 4x4 posts attached to metal brackets set in concrete. Would like to hear from anyone with experience who could share tips, problems to avoid, etc. One question is how to drill the holes true to run the bolts through one side of the bracket, through the post, and out the other side of the bracket.
Kevin
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I assume you are building some type of wooden privacy fence. One thing you might consider is using metal posts instead of wooden ones. The last fence I had built used schedule 40 3" round metal posts. Galvanized schedule 40 posts are very heavy duty and will far outlast wooden posts and they are about as cheap. You can set them directly into the concrete without having to worry about the brackets you mentioned. You attach the metal posts to the rails via clamp type brackets.
If you still want to use the wooden posts, what I would do is take a piece of 4x4 and drill a hole(s) through it that you know is completely plumb. Then clamp the guide 4x4 to your post flush on all 3 sides. Set the drill bit into your guide and then start drilling. This will keep your drill plumb as it goes through the post. Of course you'll have to use a drill bit that's longer than 8".
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On Mon, 31 May 2004 21:12:23 -0500, RoyDMercer wrote:

I'm committed to the wood because I need to match the materials to a fence on another border of our property.

This sounds like a good idea, but I've decided to just use lag screws rather than try to match up the holes on both sides.
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