Measuring out large plots – 4th wk in Oct 2013

We don’t have a laser measuring device. When we came to live in Tacumshin, Co. Wexford last month, we had a couple of pocket metal tape measures, which are fine for carpentry or making curtains, but not for measuring a field! Off we headed to Maguire’s DIY and builders’ providers on the Wexford side of Rosslare Harbour nearby. They have a great range of stock, includingDSC06190 what we needed – a 50m open reel measuring tape with a hand crank.

The grass on the front field had grown very long, which was not a problem for rough measurements. However to measure correctly the specific plot dimensions required the pathways to be strimmed. The open reel tape measure also acts as a clearly visible straight line to guide the spade along when digging the shape of each plot. The trick is to strim BEFORE laying out the tape measure. An argument between a strimmer and a tape measure would be a very uneven contest!

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