is simply ungrammatical, in DM-speak, which means unintelligible, which
means it is simply ignored.
On the other hand, if the grammatically correct line
lm ; 124p;
"tries to close" (and I'm sure it succeeds <g>), it just means that
the last bound in your plot, and since you didn't specify a direction, DM
will simply draw a straight line from the last point to the beginning point,
wherever it is. It will also ignore the length, because by drawing the line
you have achieved closure.
The following command would have exactly the same effect:
ln ;; to the beginning
which is the last plot line of many of my deeds because many deeds just end
with "and a straight line to the beginning", without bothering to specify
the metes and bounds.
Now, if, when you get closure, you are so shy on acreage, either: (1) one or
more of your other lines is wrong; or (2) you may be missing a line; or (3)
Armstrong Ave just happens to belly out so much that when you close the deed
with a straight line you are losing all that territory between your line and
The remedy would be to get a map which shows Armstrong Ave, and try to
approximate the curve with a bunch of made-up little lines and directions,
ie. a crude approximation might be (if the default line was straight N):
ln N60W; 60p;
ln N; 60p;
ln N60E; 60p;
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:25 PM
Subject: [DMU] meander line problem
I am trying to plat a line given in metes and bounds that divides a
rectangular survey plat. It contains a meander line (along Armstrong
Avenue), that is 124 poles in length. If I use the recommended:
lm ; 124p;
the plat tries to close and gives a strange configuration. If I omit the
semi-colon and use:
I get an error message, but the line looks like a reasonable approximation
of how the property is being divided. However, the area which is supposed
to be 195 acres registers only 98.4 acres.
It *looks* right. Can I assume because I did not use the *proper* lm
format that the acreage would be thrown off?
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