Today, we’re going to try to locate a property line of ours. Part of the process that we’ve been going through is putting up fences. So we’re going to look at some of the ways that we can identify a property line.
One of our property lines goes almost 700 feet right through the woods, so it’s impossible for us to see from one pin to another, which makes it difficult to gauge where the fence lines need to be and which trees need to be cleared to make the fence line.
Obviously you don’t want to infringe on your neighbor’s property, but you also don’t want a crooked fence where you might either just have an ugly fence or you might lose some of your property, or infringe on someone else’s by making a miscalculation.
Using a Property Survey and protractor to set a Compass
So let’s look at how we’re going to find out where this property line is. What we’re going to do is use a survey that was done when we purchased our property to find out how to mark off where this particular property line is.
The map gives me a north bearing, and I’ve used that to draw a straight line down and then used another straight edge and compass to find a 90 degree angle to get me straight over to a point where I know I can start from.
I’ve already found that point in the woods, and I can use that as my starting line.
We’re actually looking for a long stretch across the side of the property. Later we’re going to find a point around in the middle so we can draw another straight line due west inward to the back yard for another fence.
Now that I have a straight line to base off of, and I know where this pin is, I’m going to use a protractor. When I line it up on the line that I’ve drawn, and put the center point at the center of my protractor, I can look at where my property line comes across.
With the way the protractor is, it’s showing me right at 54 degrees. Now that 54 degrees is based off of the zero on the protractor, but, in reality, my compass is going to show me that zero is straight due north.
What we have to do is a little bit of math, and work at this backwards and say to ourselves, “Well if my protractor actually started on zero [on the other side], what would my measurement come out to be.” And so we can just go straight to the 90 and count up from there, then add in the 90 degrees that we lose from being straight north, and that comes out to 216 degrees.
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