Record of my work experience with Exmoor National Park

Work experience 18-11-2014

Today we had two jobs to get done, fitting a replacement gate post and digging in two posts to take a chain to cordon off an area of a car park.

We loaded the digger as this would be needed for moving the solid oak posts and digging the holes for them

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The post had rotted through at the base and had to be dug out

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The rails were carefully levered off with a crow bar so they could be re-attached to the replacement post

The replacement post was put into position

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Holes were drilled in the post and the furniture fitted ready to hang the gate

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The rails were nailed back onto the new post, having been checked with a spirit level

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Finally the gate was hung and the spring auto-close nailed in place with fencing staples

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The finished gate

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Then we set off to Brenden to fit the posts in the car park

First we removed an existing fence post and then made the hole bigger to take the large oak post

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We then used the digger to move the post into position

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We drilled through the post to fit the hook that will carry the chain

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Once the post was in place we mixed a little concrete with the earth before packing it back around the post to ensure it set firm

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We then attached the rail to the new post and left the other side as a walkway for people using the car park when cordoned off

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The digger was used for the second hole as it was tougher ground and there were several roots that had to be cut through

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We used the digger to carry the post to position and then dropped the post into the hole

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We used the digger to scrape earth back into the hole and mixed some concrete in with the earth to make sure it stayed stable

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Then we used some turf to cover the ground around the post

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Finally we cut a path out of the turf and covered it with shingle

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Both posts in place

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