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    10-05-2012, 11:23 AM
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I would be taking them to task for putting THEIR fence on MY property, though. That's just plain ballsy and rude.
It was an interesting situation.

My brother (who was living with us at the time) called and said, "Um.. your neighbors are putting a fence up on your land." When we got home from work, hubby walked over and asked about it. Neighbor assured him that it was indeed his land. He was nice about it.. not rude and seemed to know what he was talking about. Hubby didn't really know for sure where the boundary was... though he thought there was a stake by the tallest pine that marked our property line. Since he wasn't sure, and the stake was gone, he didn't push the issue.

Neighbor stated that if we wanted to re-plant the trees we thought were on our side of the property line, we were welcome to do so, but otherwise we could just leave them on his land. We left them.

Nothing but a few posts were up for about a year, and then one day we came home to find more posts up and wire strung. I kept looking at that fence and thinking, "Gosh, that just seems awfully close... It just doesn't seem like that would be the boundary line."

We don't really use the land for anything, though our other neighbor (the farmer) makes the hay for us. Since there is now only a very narrow strip in between our dog fence and their horse fence, he won't be able to get in that area with his tractor which means either tall grass or us mowing it on a regular basis.

Fast forward a few weeks, after the fence went up on the other side of the neighbors property. Another neighbor, (We'll call him Neighbor 2 and the horse guy Neighbor 1) the one who sold hubby the land, happened to be outside one day when hubby was working in the yard and came over to chat. He asked if we realized that Neighbor 1 had his fence on our land. We told him we thought it was our land, but had questioned it and the guy acted like he knew exactly where the boundary was.

Neighbor 2 said that there used to be a stake marking the property (right by the pine where hubby thought he remembered it being). So, the trees we thought we'd planted just on our side of the boundary line are indeed very near the boundary line, and on our property.

Neighbor 2 also told us that Farmer Neighbor is extremely POed because the field on other side fenced in almost his entire parcel of land and was going to refuse to sell the people hay due to the fact that they'd stolen his land.

Shortly thereafter, someone had the land surveyed, stakes with orange flags were put up, the horses were moved onto the small field that is encroaching on our land, and the big field that is encroaching on Farmer Neighbor's land stands empty.

The kicker is this: shortly after throwing up the fence, Neighbor 1 was shipped overseas for the military so his wife and children are alone. THAT is why we're not pushing the issue with the land boundary. Before he was shipped out, Neighbor 1 told hubby he was eventually going to put up a more permanent fence and when that happens, you can bet that fence is going to go where it belongs.

If we decide we want to set up our property for horses of our own, their fence will have to move sooner. Until then, it's really not hurting anything and I do enjoy looking out the window and seeing the horses...

I really hope it was an honest mistake, though. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the Farmer Neighbor's side.
     
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    10-05-2012, 11:27 AM
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Wisconsin gets a heck of a lot colder in the winter than Tennessee. Winter also lasts longer in the northern states, especially those that abut several of the Great Lakes.
We are about a mile from Lake Superior. Winter generally lasts from October or November through April or May. Temps around zero are normal, with stretches of below zero temps. It's also usually very windy, due to the lake.
     
    10-05-2012, 11:58 AM
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Weanling
Just be careful and look at the laws in your area. Sometimes, not raising a fuss about boundaries results in you losing your land. Similar to "squatters rights".
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    10-05-2012, 12:14 PM
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We are about a mile from Lake Superior. Winter generally lasts from October or November through April or May. Temps around zero are normal, with stretches of below zero temps. It's also usually very windy, due to the lake.
Yep, which is why those horses need some sort of shelter during the worst part of winter.

Winter lasts about 4 months here, and the below 30 days are generally relegated to December and January. By February, we've warmed up to the high 30s during the day.
     
    10-05-2012, 12:36 PM
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Winter lasts about 4 months here, and the below 30 days are generally relegated to December and January. By February, we've warmed up to the high 30s during the day.
I think I'm going to move there, LOL.
     
    10-05-2012, 12:40 PM
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I lurve southern Virginia.
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    10-05-2012, 12:50 PM
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Winters are not that bad here. We think they are because that's what we are used to. Back in 1995 we had a blizzard and ice strom that knocked power out and such for over two weeks, that's the worst I can remember it. Since then, it hasn't snowed to cover the ground for longer than a day before the sun melts it. Summers are awful though. 101 degrees AMD 80% humidity is rough to say the least. Walk outside and you get wet from the air. I'll trade you !
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    10-05-2012, 01:15 PM
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Weanling
We were buying a house on an acre last year which had a large fenced in back yard. The day we were moving in the older guy who lived behind us came over and introduced himself and make sure to let us know our back privacy fence line was 17 inches onto his side. He said the people previous to us moved the fence out onto his propert for some reason. I did notice upon later inspection the fence had a weird angle to it in the corner as if they did drop it back a foot. I went to the county right away and got a copy of the layout of everyone in my area property which included the demintions. I borrowed my father-in-laws messuring thing. Lol I don't know the name. Its a wheel with a handle and you push it and it counts the feet. Our fence was NOT on his side. I guess there was a disagreement about it and that's why they moved the fence back.

Going to the county and messuring is quick and easy and puts know it al people in their place lol. (Our guy was annoying and was rude with a smile)
     
    10-05-2012, 01:18 PM
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Weanling
We were buying a house on an acre last year which had a large fenced in back yard. The day we were moving in the older guy who lived behind us came over and introduced himself and make sure to let us know our back privacy fence line was 17 inches onto his side. He said the people previous to us moved the fence out onto his propert for some reason. I did notice upon later inspection the fence had a weird angle to it in the corner as if they did drop it back a foot. I went to the county right away and got a copy of the layout of everyone in my area property which included the demintions. I borrowed my father-in-laws messuring thing. Lol I don't know the name. Its a wheel with a handle and you push it and it counts the feet. Our fence was NOT on his side. I guess there was a disagreement about it and that's why they moved the fence back.

Going to the county and messuring is quick and easy and puts know it al people in their place lol. (Our guy was annoying and was rude with a smile)
     
    10-05-2012, 01:35 PM
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Just be careful and look at the laws in your area. Sometimes, not raising a fuss about boundaries results in you losing your land. Similar to "squatters rights".
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This. By not doing anything, you are saying it's ok. Check into your laws, because while he's away in the military, the clock could still be ticking on how much time you have to ask that the fence be moved.
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