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IV.  Bisecting a line

One of the most basic things in layout is bisecting a line. This simply is a way to find the center of a line, or anything else for that matter.

On line A-B, set the compass to any distance greater than half the length of the line.  Then using both A and B as centers, swing intersecting arcs above and below the line.

A line drawn through the intersections will cut line A-B exactly in half.

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