I want to measure the area of my lawn in order to calculate the materials
needed to rennovate it.
The lawn is irregular shape, so I divide it up into many triangles and
measures the lengths of the sides which allows me to compute the area
However, measuring the triangles with a tape measure is kind of slow. I have
to stick a nail in the lawn, hang the start of the tape measure on the nail,
then run to the other end of the triangle. Sometimes I have to run back to
straighten the tape measure. Then I have to reel the tape in, and repeat the
same process for other sides.
Is there a faster way to measure distance that would be accurate to within
Or maybe there's a better way to measure the area of a lawn?
I don't mind spending ~$50 to buy a new tool to do this.
Measure the lot size. Measure the house. Subtract house area from lot
area. Subtract an extra 10% for existing landscaping stuff. You will
have leftovers for mod-season touchups.
It isn't LAZY- It's "efficient".
i dont know exactly what you mean by 'renovate', but its hard for me to
imagine that whatever it is you are doing requires precision of 1 inch.
unless you plan on buying your dirt by the teaspoon just to get it exact...
'hello sir, i would like 143,943 teaspoons of dirt please' <g>
just measure the rectangle, or make a couple rectangles to get the area of
the entire 'area', then get up on a ladder or the roof and look down and
make a guess at what % of those rectangles is lawn and what is not. that
should be plenty close. within 5% i would think.
why not just measure or guess what a common rectangle would be for the
area.. and then just get the amount of stuff for this area.. its not
rocket science, just gardening..if you have too much you save it for
later, if not you just get some more....
There are 100 foot cloth tape measures. There are also wheeled tapes that
you would not need anyone to help you with.
I can not imagine why you need such accuracy. Your going to buy the
replacement materials either by the ton or cubic yard.
Two thoughts. l. Often it is easier to deduct than to add. As an
example, to measure the area of a frame (square with a cutout square
inside), calculate the outside (total area), then calculate the
interior square and subtract. Probably some of your lawn is more
amenable to subtraction than addition of all the little parts. 2.
Make a general shape, measure the area, then add or subtract the part
that doesn't quite fit, and estimate that part. I can't imagine a
project where you have to be super acurate. Anything you are doing
(mowing, seeding, fertilizing, etc.) probably won't be accurate to
more than 10 percent anyway.
Not to mention that he could go a little "over" on whatever he's
buying to allow for the measuring inaccuracy, and probably come
nowhere near spending $50 to do so.
But you just dont get it, do you? <g>
He just wants to spend money on another new tool!
And we wonder why wives make fun of us!?
Get one of those measuring devices that you roll on the ground, like a wheel
on the end of a stick.
That would be an accurate enough way to quickly cover a lot of ground. You
really don't need to be accurate to an inch for this. Being within a foot
or so is close enough- add 10% to whatever you calculate and you'll be close
If the OP's for real, which I doubt, and he has a decent survey plan, he
could use a mechanical planimiter like I had to do before the days of
The darned things were amazingly accurate.
Thanks for the memories...
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can smile when things are going wrong, you've thought of someone
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