"Garfunkel was working on the cheap and hired the cheapest surveyor he could find--Sam Smith, who was already well past his prime--to lay out the lots and prepare a plat. Smith didn’t have helpers or equipment. Working with a boy-scout compass for line and pacing for distance, Smith had Garfunkel follow him around with a sack of 3 inch by 3 inch wooden “stobs.” Every time Smith stopped and pointed to a spot on the ground with the toe of his boot, Garfunkel would drive in a stob at a lot corner and douse it with paint. After all of the corners were set, Smith and Garfunkel chopped out each lot line and painted the blazes in the trees. Smith told Garfunkel the measurements weren’t as important as the monuments (stobs) and the blazed lines. Smith also told Garfunkel that every time he sold a lot, he was to walk each perspective lot owner down the lot’s lines and show them the blazes in the trees and the stobs at the corners.
Garfunkel told Wilson he did that with each lot purchaser over a 10-year period until all of the lots were sold, with the exception being Lot 9, which didn’t sell until 2008, to an out-of-state buyer. After all of the lots were staked and blazed, Garfunkel told Wilson, Smith finished the survey map, and Garfunkel recorded it. As the subsequent lot owners moved in and built houses, Garfunkel told Wilson they all built their perimeter improvements right down the lines that Garfunkel had shown them. The reason Wilson wasn’t able to find the stobs is because the vast majority of them were either buried or replaced with fence posts. Garfunkel told Wilson that when he put his fence posts in, he removed the stobs, dug the hole for his post and then dropped the stob down in the bottom of the hole in case he ever needed to “prove” his corner, but in the 36 years since the subdivision had been created nobody had ever questioned the boundaries. Based on this new evidence, where is the property line for Lot 9, red or black?"
Unless of course, you need to draw the extreme example to make your point.
I would also listen to the argument that this perpetuated a fraud by Garfunkel and his surveyor in providing a mathematical plat not a fence line plat.