Rod to Chain Converter
What is rod?
The rod is a unit used to measure distance. It is an old English unit. Rod is the same length as a perch (pole). perch is measured using cordage or wood.
One rod equals to 16.5 feet (5.029 metres). The idiom “rod” is derived from the old English rodd.
Since 1965, rod has been legalized as a unit of measurement in the united kingdom.
Nowadays, the use of rod is not common but Some fields are still using it such as:
- the acquisition of pipeline easements.
- maps measure portages
- recreational canoeing
What is the chain?
The chain is a unit of length. It equals 66 feet. The chain was first introduced between 1579 and 1607.
Several countries have used chain for several centuries especially in England. Note that there are 80 chains in one mile.
The main use of the chain is in laying out US townships. Official governments must use US survey chain to do surveys according to the federal law passed in 1785.