We’re also using the masons twine because surveyors tape tends to stretch and give out and if any of these trees or twigs or even wildlife come across it or fall down on top of it, it’s going to ruin the line. The mason twine’s going to hold up a little bit better, so that’s why we’ve chosen to go with this.
So we have the twine tied, we’ve got our twine fashioned around a little spool to make it easier to walk through the woods. I have my compass set to the bearing of 216 degrees, and all I have to do is put the north part of my compass onto the north bearing, and now I know if I walk in the direction of this arrow, I’ll find my pin. All I have to do is to keep that red arrow pointed toward north and walk forward toward that arrow, and I know I’m going in the direction I’ve set for myself.
We went over 600 feet through the thick of the woods and came right across our rebar pin for the other corner of the property to show that the compass took us in the direction we were looking for.
I don’t have the string with me anymore because right now we’re just trying to fence off the back of the property right up near the house where the kids play and some of our domesticated animals are. So, the string’s still way up there, about another 300 or so feet, just to the point where we needed it.
I found a tree that was right in the middle of the fence line or the property line, and tied it off to that for a reference, and just continued walking out here to show you that in fact a simple protractor, the math that you got from the survey from when you bought your property and an old couple dollar compass from the department store can get you several hundred feet through the woods to the pin that you need to find.
Measuring the Fence Line
Up at the shed we’re going to have another corner post for this fence, and rinse and repeat the process throughout the rest of the property to finish off this fence.
Now we’re trying to actually make a fence line, a line that we’re going to use to put up a fence through the property to the backyard, so we’re no longer trying to go from a set pin to another set pin, but from just one point to the property line.
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