Ten Meter Survey Line

Introduction: Ten Meter Survey Line

We wanted to make 5 and 10 meter lines for our field studies. We wanted them to be highly visible with meter measurements that are readily counted. It was also important that they be portable and could be easily stored tangle-free.

Our lines have worked very well! This instructable will show you how to make your own.


  • floating flyline
  • epoxy line beads
  • 1 1/2" by 8" by 1/8" aluminum sheet

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Step 1: Aluminum Holder

Cut the aluminium sheet to form a point and wrapping points.

Drill a hole in the middle of the sheet (as shown in the photo). This becomes both the storage system and anchor for the start of the survey line.

The point can be pushed into the soil at the start of the survey.

Step 2: Creating the Marked Line

Pass the line through the hole in the aluminium piece and tie a knot on both sides of the aluminium so the line is held in place.

Measure and mark the line at meter intervals.

Slide and epoxy a bead at each meter mark.

Tie the final bead into a knot on the end of the line.

Attach a pin to the end as the second anchor point for the survey line.

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