Anyone have any ideas or experience on marking off plots for a cemetery? I have about a 300 plot cemetery expansion and they want each plot boundary marked. I have a budget of around $300 for the materials. I already have rebar and plastic caps, but the stamp doesn't show up very good on the cap. Any suggestions?
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I'm not sure how it's done in Virginia, I am a Wisconsin surveyor. Have you tried asking the question in the Virginia group forum? http://landsurveyorsunited.com/group/virginialandsurveyors
In the 2 cemeteries I have done in Wisconsin, we used the monumentation as required by State Statute for Platting. Anything above that (ie; concrete monuments, caps) I would look at as an extra to be paid by the client. In reality, I've never understood why it isn't enough to permanently mark the end of the rows. That way the grave digger could string line between those instead of a pipe every 1.67 feet.
I wish you luck. I have made lot markers with stainless steel plaques set in concrete. I used an 8" PVC pipe about 12" long cut a groove down the length so you could open it and walla you have a lot marker. I also sprinkled crushed oyster shells on top as they are in abundance here in Coastal GA, and called it Tabby. They eat that stuff up down here. I do not remember the plaque manufacturer but they were 4 1/2" by 2" or so. That was the cheapest route I found. A lot of work for 300 lots. I'd say I spent about $8 per marker. The cheapest ones I could find premade were about $80. I also only put the concrete marker at every other corner and put a pin in the other corner as you only need to number them once. Actually I only put one concrete marker per lot so 3 of the lot corners were just rebars. Maybe they will go for that. Good luck.
I just finished a small addition to an existing cemetery. We (myself and the cemetery caretaker) agreed that it would be best to set enough markers so that he could just lay a tape between them to figure out where the grave in question was. The layout of the gravesites and lots resulted in setting a marker between like 38 to 54 feet apart. All we used were 3/4" x 18" iron pipe. All set RTK (new cemeteries are RTK friendly!) and marked with a wire flag (again, agreed too by the caretaker). You're not going to be able to do much with $300 for markers to mark ALL points.... I'd suggest doing what I did - set intermediate points and show on the final map, only the points staked.