How to read a land survey map?

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  1. Sous

    Sous Donating Member

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    My property is almost 4 acres of wooded land, I am looking to mark the property lines with a survey map I have, but am unsure on how to do that. The local surveyors want around $500 to do this, so I am hoping to find the pins myself with a handheld GPS, or compass and measuring wheel.

    One of the things I have questions about is there is a point marked at a corner that on one leg is labeled N44° -46'E 68.2' and the other leg is labeled N45° -14'W 139'.

    Any help or how to convert those points into specific GPS coordinates would be appreciated.
     
  2. Blanca BusaLess

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    A Marine would have already figured that out.

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    RussellJ made me do it, honest!

    It is an interesting question. I have no idea so I'll ask can you not just input those figures into your gps and have it create a pin exactly where they are?
     
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    You need to find the beginning point to start with, without out you are in the dark. My GPS can use the inputs just as you gave them to plot a point. Any fences or property corner markings you can find? Might need a metal detector.
     
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    BlondeOnaBusa Just call me B.O.B Moderator

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    If the property has ever been surveyed before there should be some kind of rods in the ground. Like TTV said, a metal detector might help.
     
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    Yep, metal pins.
    The last survey company out here used rebar. My lawnmower knows exactly where they are at...:banghead:
     
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    I am out in the country where the land is heavily wooded. Although, there is one pin that I located a while back. I have been reading a lot on the internet, and the measurements are not GPS coordinates like I wanted them to be. It turns out they are compass points with distances. I am going to get a good compass from work and go from there. Thanks for the input.
     
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    $500.00 not bad. We just paid over $1800.00 at my work to have our property surveyed. Might want to leave it up to the professionals on this one.
     
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    Ran into the guy that own the next plot of land today, he deals in real estate and happened to have a surveyors compass and range finder. We mapped it out and with the proper tools is was really very easy. Thanks for the ideas and I would never have gotten it done with a regular compass.
     
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    ok...i get it....you want to survey your land.....but how does it answer the questions???? :laugh:
     

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