Two instances of the centerline of an easement on my plat.
I'll need this when I'm talking to my neighbor.
This time I enlarged the plat, and outlines my property, his, and my
other next door neighbor in different colored lines, using MSPaint.
The only problem now is how to print the thing the way it looks on the
screen. MSPaint and Win Picture and Fax Viewer have minds of their own.
I think I asked about cl here before but forgot the answer. I don't
think I'll forget again. (and I couldn't think of a way to google.)
Use Irfanview to 'resize' that is change the pixels per inch, of the image.
Then go back and make FOUR quadrants of your drawing with that proper
pixels per inch. Then print those four pages using MSpaint.
Cut and paste together to get LARGE drawings. Or, six sections to make C
Well, one is a c but the other sure looks like an o. But it's no doubt
that both are centerline.
One is for the 6' walkway easement between the two buildings of
townhouses, and the other is for the 10' drainage easement for a 30"
pipe about 6 feet underground.
Viewed from above, they run in almost the same direction, so they
intersect each other, overlap each other a good deal, and never get far
from each other. This does make it hard to tell where each one is.
The walkway easement has diagonal lines marking it. I can tell that
mostly from other parts of the easement that aren't between our two
houses. There are only two little line segments that arent' part of the
drainage easement and aren't covered by a bunch of numbers.
The drainage easement has crosshatching, with the lines spaced about the
same. Altogether, the lines that are added to make the easements
noticeable barely make it any easier to tell what's going on. They
helped only after I'd spent over 2 hours looking at the drawing.
So I outlined my lot in red, my other neighbor in blue, and the neighbor
who thinks he owns part of my land in green. We'll see if this helps
Plus I'm giving him a license to walk on the land and mow the lawn if he
wants to, permission that explicitly will not turn into an easement or
[I forget the term]. I think I"ll have to file that with the county
clerk so everyone is on notice.
Thanks for the reply.
It's an easement that allows the pipe to be dug up if the pipe fails.
The 30" pipe is 6 feet underground, so there is no riverbed or shore.
It comes from a drain at the side of the street, at the lowest part of
the street**, and goes 100 or 110 feet underground to the slope of the
stream bed. The stream bed doesn't belong to either of us, and no one
One can't even tell the pipe is there unless he looks at the drawing or
walks to the back of my neighbor's house, sees the outlet of the pipe
and realizes the input is the very visible drain I mentioned. But my
neighbor has a fence and only goes behind it rarely, and the output
isn't very noticeable, especially when it's not raining, so I'm not sure
he's ever seen the outlet, or figured out where the inlet is or that
there's a pipe in between, so all the extra cross-hatching for the
easement may just confuse things for him. It did for me at first. I'm
trying to see it from his pov. When I don't, I think he's just lying
and he knows the land is mine.
**Once the pipe or the trench in the stream bed was clogged, after 33
years of no maintenance, and during the rain, a small lake formed around
the street drain. A neighbor called me and the water was only an inch
or two from the threshhold of my car door, so I moved the car. Her car
did get water inside. After that, the HOA hired a guy with a vacuum
cleaner as large as a minivan and he sucked some sludge and some litter
and a couple of things like "skateboards with handles" and maybe a
child's bicycle out of the pipe. Things that got washed in when kids
left out in the rain. But it didn't seem like enough to clog the
drain and cause the lake.
So I dug a bigger better trench in the stream bed, to the actual stream,
removing some rocks and a bunch of dirt. I thought that was enough but
later the HOA got a small excavator, only 5' wide, to go down and dig an
even better deeper trench, so I think we're good for another 33 years.
I don't especially think the pipe will break in my lifetime, but I don't
know what it's made of.
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