My father was taught to survey as a young man and he kept his hand in all
his life, although he did not work as a surveyor. One thing he always taught
me was that because of the topography of the land, a survey NEVER has a zero
degree of closure if the surveyor really does it properly. The more hills,
or mountains, the larger the degree of closure. You would only have a
perfect closure if the land is perfectly flat. Think about it. If you
measure up and down hills and then try to put those measurements on a flat
surface, they actually cover more ground than the outside measurement of the
original would have covered. That is why, among other reasons, we have such
fun fitting old plats onto our flat maps. Knowing you are probably trying to
plat land in the hills of Tennessee, is your degree of closure really that
bad? Does it go up and down the mountain?
Researching Elgin, Dulin, Frain, Thrasher, Johnson, Hammerly, Thrift
Elgin Genealogy: www.elgins.com
A very happy TMG user and a proud member of RUG of Arlington, VA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Teresa Ghee Elliott" <cheasa(a)BellSouth.net>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 12:17 PM
Subject: [DMU] What do you do when the plat doesn't close correctly
| I have checked and double checked the coordinates and directions and the
| plat does not close properly. I am assuming it was just recorded wrong.
| How do other's handle these kinds of deed plats?
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