How to Measure a Fence for 40 Acres


An acre is a unit of measurement used to quantify large pieces of land. One acre is equal to 4,047 square meters of land. Fences (like chain-link fences or wooden fences) are measured in feet or meters, but not square feet or square meters. Therefore, if you want to measure to find out how much fence you'll need to enclose a 40-acre piece of property you're going to need to do some mathematical conversions.

  • Draw an outline on a sheet of paper of the exact layout of your property. Be as precise as possible. A plot of land as large as 40 acres is rarely a perfect square or circle, so be precise.

  • Draw on your map the location of any fence gates you want to have around your property. For example, if you're fencing in the area around your home, you would need a gate for your driveway. Mark this distance on your map.

  • Measure the distances between the individually drawn sections on your map. Due to the size of the land you can either work off the original deed and purchase papers for your land (which will include a land survey outlining the property lines and dimensions), or hire a company to perform your own new land survey. One square acre, for example, features sides that are 63.63 meters in length. This means that the square acre equals a total of 4,046.86 square meters (rounded up to 4,047 above in the intro).

  • Round all measurements up to the nearest foot. So if one section of land is 245 and a half feet long, round up to 246 feet and put this measurement on your diagram. Continue to do this until you find all of the lengths of the sides of your diagram. According to Aluminum Fence, this is the standard way to measure for a fence.

  • Divide the length of each section by the length of a section of fence you're going to purchase. For example, if one section of your property is 246 feet long and the sections of fence you're buying are 10 feet long, this would mean you would need 24.6 sections of fence to cover that distance.

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