| by Kenneth Chase | 7 comments

Checking Your Property Boundaries and Corners

so what’s today’s project? we’re going to
be checking the property lines and corners today sounds like kind of a waste of time I
can’t imagine much has changed? actually a lot could have changed our
neighbors could move the corner posts we could have some trees across the fence
line or we could have invasive plants moving in from the neighbor’s property alright you sold me so where do we start?
right here, we are atthe southeast corner of the property, we’re gonna head due west to
the southwest corner and work our way around the property all the way back to
the car. okay GPS is in the car, Iam going to grab it.
it’s already got the corners programmed into it. i think today I’m gonna try some old-school
technology and use my compass and pace to get us around. I have not seen a
compass like that since probably my days in 4h and that one actually looks a lot
fancier than the one i’ve used so you’re going to give me a tutorial. it works the same
as the one that you had. you turn the bezel to the direction you want to go
and in this case it’s west and then keeping the compass level slowly turn
your body until you put the North seeking arrow in the shed now i remember the bezel ring is broken
into 360 degrees and the shed is part of the bezel and pointing at zero or North. you put the red in the shed for the compass to be pointed in the right direction alright so what about the mirror? the
mirror allows you to hold the compass like
this so you can cite in better as to when you get in line to the right
direction and I can use this to site into a tree, say up ahead, and I just
walk towards the tree counting my pace it’ll keep me right in line with
direction I want to go ok so you said we’re gonna use the
compass and pace, help me out a little bit what’s my pace? yeah pace is a way to measure distance
by counting the number of steps you’ve taken my paces 11 steps / 66 feet or one
chain oh you startled lose me now. a chain again
is a way to measure distance and there is exactly 80 change to a mile and so when we’ve gone 40 change we’ve gone from one corner of the property to the
other or half a mile. ok so how do I measure my pace? well this is something I
need to practice too. so I set up a course I’ve got this tree flagged and
one tree flagged over there at 66 feet what I do is I walk between these two
points counting the number of steps I’ve taken and then when i get to the other end
i turn around and come back and count the number of steps I have taken add those two numbers together divide by 2 and that’ll give you your pace. okay, can i give it a shot? sure go ahead. alright. alright took me 12
steps down 12 steps back so add those together for 24 divide by 2
my pace is 12 right? you got it how about you take the lead and guide us
around the property? I’ll give it a try here’s the compass. so I set myself
to go west that’s right. align the red into the shed.
there you go. site off into the distance and we’re ready to go ok here it is. great, so how close did
your compass and pace get us to here? We were pretty close. it was flat coming
this way and there wasn’t much brush to see-through so it actually was pretty
easy to get here excellent. let’s check out our monument
the steak looks like it’s intact the rocks i put here are still here, it doesn’t
look like it’s been moved, we’re in good shape so how do you know it hasn’t been moved? for every corner I record the angle and distance to a big
tree and for this one it’s a red oak that’s at 43 degrees and think it’s that
way about 30 feet away why don’t you check it out for me. yeah the angle looks right. ok. so i’ll
check the distance by using the pace it should take me about five and a half
steps to get there I think yeah your pace is 12 and for 30 feet it would be five and half steps great okay perfect. excellent, i noticed a patch of
garlic mustard over there and I am going to make note here and next time we’re out this
way will treat them. Why don’t you get us started on the next leg of this journey it’s due
north for 40 chains. Alright here we go here are the key points to remember when
checking your property boundaries and corners. when using a compass remember
to put the red in the shed. a chain is 66 feet and there are 80 chains to the mile.
keep a diary or log of the corner placement in reference to landmarks. and
finally walk your boundaries and corners at least annually


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Dec 12, 2016, 4:28 am Reply

Haha, remember doing land navigation like this. Paces sucked because I always had different strides and never walked at regular intervals.

The Brown RAT

Dec 12, 2016, 5:58 pm Reply

Stupid americains with their imperial measurements system
Stop using ur body for measuring
It is not universal and fucks everything up
Just use the metric system

Lee Schroeder

Jan 1, 2017, 2:38 am Reply

What a joke!!!! Pacing on even, level ground is not precise. On the terrain in this video you are lost. The compass is magnetic and I'm pretty sure the survey was done on grid or true bearing. Sincerely Lee Schroeder PLS Texas Oklahoma Arkansas.


Jul 7, 2017, 11:15 am Reply

Terrible video! This is not surveying! No one does this.

Ed Floody

Jul 7, 2018, 1:14 pm Reply

Change the title of this video to "Checking Your Property Boundaries and Corners using 1800's technology"

RK Smith

Aug 8, 2018, 2:44 am Reply

You need to know the declination constant for your area in order to convert grid to magnetic or magnetic to grid. I would not recommend your method. You would be lost if you were conducting land navigation for real. See basic map reading by the US Military.


Oct 10, 2018, 1:54 am Reply

The "criticisms" of this video are odd: are not most land descriptions still based on magnetic north ?

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