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    We are looking at our property line survey compass readings and the new lot that was just subdivided next to us. The property line between us is supposed to be a straight line. Our survey starts at a point near the road and moves north in a straight line at this reading: North 89 degrees, 22 min 50 sec East. The new survey supposedly starts on a point 863 feet north of our beginning point on this line and heads south, ending at our beginning point. Their reading is South 85 degrees 52 min 36 sec East. How can this be correct if they are following the same property line? Shouldn't the compass reading heading south be equal to the heading north?

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    Originally posted by Mary Jane View Post
    We are looking at our property line survey compass readings and the new lot that was just subdivided next to us. The property line between us is supposed to be a straight line. Our survey starts at a point near the road and moves north in a straight line at this reading: North 89 degrees, 22 min 50 sec East. The new survey supposedly starts on a point 863 feet north of our beginning point on this line and heads south, ending at our beginning point. Their reading is South 85 degrees 52 min 36 sec East. How can this be correct if they are following the same property line? Shouldn't the compass reading heading south be equal to the heading north?
    They are not equal. Either there is an error in the survey or a small jog, and there are two lines. But the other line is supposed to run back to the same starting point. A straight line points two ways. When expressed in the quadrant-style bearings, the "other way" flips N for S and E for W (or vice versa) as you are suggesting. At the end of a 863 foot run, these two lines would diverge by 52.77 ft. You certainly have a legitimate basis for asking the surveyor, "What the Hell?"

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