Making a Right Angle (the 3-4-5 method)
Not the most exciting graphic, I'll admit, but hear me out.
This fall, when I was marking out a garden plot, I began by just "eyeballing" it. I'm not that picky about garden layout... it's the content more than the appearance that interests me. But, frankly, my original garden layout was pretty skewed and pathetic looking.
I then employed a neat technique that, if you're not familiar with it, I think you'll find the occasional use for. It's a simple nifty little tool to have in your bag of tricks.
You can create a right angle simply by employing the following procedure:
- Measuring out two pieces of string or board other item that can be pulled straight and that measure 3 and 4 feet long.
- These will be the two "short" legs of your right triangle, so lay them down in as close to a right angle as you can get by just eyeballing them.
- Take a third piece of string or board or what have you, and measure it to 5 feet long.
- Make this last piece the "long" leg of the triangle. Once you get everything arranged neatly, if your legs are 3, 4, and 5 feet long, you'll have a right angle.
Sure enough, 9 + 16 does equal 25.
This will work with multiples of 3, 4, and 5, so if lengths of 6, 8, and 10 feet suit your purposes better, just double everything. I personally find the shorter lengths to be easier to work with, and they're long enough to create a reasonably right angle - easily square enough for a garden plot!