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Paul Kunkel

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: calculating acreage
Posted: Aug 10, 2004 8:48 AM
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On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 11:13:40 -0700, Mary Krimmel wrote:
>At 10:26 AM 7/30/04 -0400, you wrote:
>>Can anyone assist me with calculating the acreage of the following
>>irregular shaped lot?
>>32.00 x 124.27 x 173.74 x 100.79 x 32.69 x 83.88 x 288.74 x 328.53
>>Replies to
>>Thanks, Darlene

>Problems like yours come up again and again on this list. It's

>that the message hasn't reached everyone who is aware of the list
that for
>any area with more than three sides, the area cannot be found from
only the
>lengths of the sides.

I'm sure that by now, it has surpassed even the angle trisection.

>No one can help much without more measurements, either diagonals to
>up the lot into virtual triangles or else angles, which should add to
>degrees. Although you do not say, I assume that the measurements are
>feet and they list the sides in order. It is hard to believe that the
>of such an irregular lot would be measured so precisely as to four
>significant digits. Perhaps you can make do with an estimate if it is

>practical to measure the diagonals or the angles. Can you get a
>record of the lot from some official source like county records?

This used to be my line. I just want to say that there is nothing
unusual about representing the length of a boundary course to the
nearest hundredth of a foot, no matter how large or irregular the
parcel is. In fact, it is the standard everywhere I have worked in
the United States.

If those dimensions came from a deed description or a plat, then they
are probably accompanied by bearings. Include those with the
description and it is likely that someone here can help. I say
"likely" out of optimism, not confidence. Deed descriptions are often
written by people who are not surveyors and have no understanding of
the geometry they are putting on record.


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