By laying out the line that we already did through the woods, we now know where we have to stop so we don’t infringe on our neighbors property.
So what we have here is the back corner of our shed. Just put up a nail and tied on some twine to it, and we’re now going to change our compass setting. So just like we did before, I’m going to use the edge of this building to help me line up 90 degrees straight due east. Now when I turn my compass around, and have it point straight north I’ll know exactly which way I need to walk for where we’re going to put this property line.
Marking the corner
Once we’ve run this straight east 90 degrees compass bearing from the corner of the shed, going straight through the woods you can see how this works. If I turn this compass now, and put my bearing at 270 degrees straight due west and line up my line right under it, bring it up to the line that we looked at before, you can see that that white cotton line goes straight due west to the property line or to the shed corner.
So now all we’re going to do is take a metal pole and sink it right in this corner so we know where the corner of this fence is going to be.
Keep the Fence Away from the Property Line
Now something that you should take note of: I don’t recommend putting a fence line right at your property line. What we’re actually planning on doing is coming five feet off the property line.
Now that might seem a bit excessive, but it’s going to give us room to put up a holly bush. We’re going to plant some American Holly as a bit of a visual barrier, a bit of aesthetics and also a way just for us to have a higher hedge without having to buy higher fencing. The holly will grow quick and it’ll grow thick and give us the kind of results that we desire.
The thing that you should remember is, if you’re going to try to put a fence right on a property line, even if your neighbor agrees, that neighbor might not be your neighbor for all time. If that person sells their property in five years from now, you could have a dispute with the person who owns it next on whether or not that fence pole is exactly on the property line or one foot onto their property.
So most good rules of measure are going to tell you, not only to account for where the pole is but also the footing that’s in the ground. Remember, when we concrete in this corner post, it’s going to have about six inches to a foot in diameter around the base of it under ground, and even if that intrudes into your neighbor’s property it could be a point of contention.
So, even if you’re not looking to put a big border like we are by putting bushes up on the outside line of your fence, probably best to come in about a foot, that way you can make sure there’s not going to be a contention in the future.