+Spoo Posted August 16, 2005 Share Posted August 16, 2005 (edited) OK.....I had to try this myself. Behind my house the land rises to a hill and at the very top the granite ledge rises out of the ground. I had to put in my own Benchmark. I also had to do it the old fashioned way. By hand. By myself. I ordered a custom Disk from Berntsen Int'l and tools from doitbest.com. In ordering the disk, I was careful to choose a center design that I do not think is being used by an official agency. Over a 10 day period, I took GPS readings of the location and averaged them. This is a picture of the soon to be Monumented Ledge with some of the tools. First I had to drill the hole. One inch diameter by 3-1/2 inches deep. Using only a 1-1/2 pound nailing hammer and lots of water, this took me about 30 minutes. I also went about 4 inches deep just because. I have no doubt that if I had had a three or seven pound hammer this would have been much quicker. The hole: Next, I had to chisel a depression to fit the disk flush. I used 1-1/4" and 3/4" chisels to do the rough work and a 3/8" chisel for the finish work. I wanted a good finish with no chips. I found the granite to be very easy to work with these new tools. Finally, my disk arrived from Berntsen. Their quality was excellent and met their advertised specs. Next, I was afraid to stamp this once in place for fear of screwing up my cement work. (I had no faith in myself.) So I pre-stamped the elevation by hand. (I wanted to add some authenticity to the job) Finally, it was time to install it. I used the recommended cement sold by Berntsen and found it easy to work with but you have to move FAST. It does dry quickly. A perfect fit if I do say so myself ! The completed Monument: OK...now for the bottom lines: My DIRECT labor on this job was about 2 hours. Not bad for a beginner. The cost: Disk: $27.00 Custom Stamping: 30.00 Cement: 6.70 Shipping: 10.56 1" Star Drill: 11.99 1-1/4" Chisel: 11.79 Shipping: 8.89 3/8" Chisel: 4.50 Total: $111.43 All other tools and items were owned and available. Now I just need a Witness Post sign ! (I already have the post) I had a lot of fun doing this and highly recommend it to everyone. Here are the Co-ordinates: (And DO NOT give me a hard time.....I realize my hand-held GPS is +/- 3 feet) "At the top of a hill in an open field, the only open ledge visible, a standard disk, stamped SNYDER 2005 HILL-GULLY FARM 480 FT. With a center point that is circled. Located at about 43 degrees 52.851 N 070 degrees 46.219 W Elevation 480 Feet" Edited August 17, 2005 by Spoo Quote Link to comment
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