how to square up a 6' X 10' area

schoolhouse_gwOctober 20, 2013

First off, I'm terrible at math and embarrassed to ask. On a Utube video some guy was preparing an area to build a shed floor. He used stakes and twine to outline the space. To make sure it was square he started at an outside corner, measured and made a mark 3' down one side and 4' down the other, then across the inside from mark to mark and said it should be 5'. That tells you it's square, or not and to adjust and measure the other three corners the same way.

There was no info on what size area he was squaring up. I want to prepare a 6'X10' area. Do I use the same 3', 4' = 5' forumula too?

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fnmroberts

Yes, a 3, 4, 5 triangle is a traditional way to create a right angle. If your patio is to be a rectangle, measurement going corner-to-corner need to be identical as another verification.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 10:21AM
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schoolhouse_gw

Thanks! I've got the stakes, I've got the twine and tape measure, and I'm going to try it today.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 10:52AM
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schoolhouse_gw

I used the formula at each corner and it worked. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 12:44PM
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