Batter boards are placed far enough away from the actual work area to avoid being disturbed by digging and building. They also serve as a record of all critical places, such as trench and footer measurements, as well as the position of the finished wall's outside edge. Batter boards are usually made of wood, but metal versions are available.
The typical batter board has three holes: one for a handle, one for an adjustable measuring rod, and one for a yardstick or similar straightedge. The hole for the measuring rod is usually 1-1/4 inches in diameter, while the other two are usually 5/8 inch in diameter. A rope or chain is tied to each end of the board and then attached to heavy objects like trees or buildings. As walls are built, their height can be measured by lifting the board up and down until it reaches the desired height.
These days, many builders use digital levels instead. These devices connect to your phone via Bluetooth and allow you to draw right-angle lines on any surface—including walls. By placing sensors along these lines, the distance between them is displayed on your phone. There are even apps that will alert you when you reach specific heights during construction.
In conclusion, batter boards are easy to use and very effective tools for measuring off and marking walls. They can also be used as a quick reference point during construction.
Batter boards are temporary boards that have been placed up so that string lines can be connected between them. These lines reflect the slab's final height, length, and depth. Drive some stakes into the ground near the batter boards you just laid down. Connect the strings to these stakes as shown in the photo.
The batter represents the rubberized surface of a baseball field. Batteries are placed at different locations around the perimeter of the field to measure how far balls will travel before hitting the ground. The farther a ball travels before it hits the ground, the more distance it will cover when it bounces back up.
String lines are used by surveyors to establish true north and south points on a property for marking buildings, pipes, etc. The strings should be tied off to prevent people from walking on them.
In this case, the strings would be tied off to the stake near the batter's box. This tells surveyors that they cannot move this stake or the string attached to it. They need to take special care not to break the line while measuring for underground utilities like gas and water lines or telephone cables.
The location where the strings cross each other is called the "pivot point". This is the reference point used by surveyors to determine direction.
Two vertical components and a horizontal crosspiece make up batter boards. Vertical members are often two-by-fours, while horizontal members are one-by-fours. The vertical boards are posts with pointed ends that are pushed into the ground using a sledgehammer. Screws are used to attach the horizontal elements to the verticals. A batter board is used by baseball field managers to communicate ball contact to infielders.
Their main purpose is to let field managers know when balls hit into the grass produce a deflection in the direction of play. This usually indicates a hit ball and should prompt an alert from the infielder on who is covering second base. Managers use different colors of tape to indicate how far balls should be shifted in order to give their players a competitive advantage. For example, a blue tape line will tell players to shift toward first base if the ball goes over the white tape line between the blue and red zones; a red tape line indicates that balls should be kept in the zone between second base and third base.
In addition to letting players know when to move, the tape can also be used as a guide for where to position them. Batter's boxes are placed at specific locations on the field in which batters can better reach balls hit into the area. These boxes are usually made of wood and either painted or stained dark brown to help players see any deflections.
Batter's boxes are placed about twenty feet apart on every base.