Tuesday, 28 January 2014

The Grand Boardwalk Project has Started!

But first lets play eye spy to try and find these little busy bodies of the coast.  Four Turnstone

So this was how the start of our boardwalk looked before.  The vegetation had grown over and the slippy wooden boards had warped
Using a mattock we were able to prise the old board away from the rotten runner below, leaving a level bed of sand underneath.
We lay new recycled plastic runners down in place of the old wooden ones.  This time we used 6 in order to build a stable platform less likely to bend as demonstrated by our old boards.
First a pilot hole was drilled through the board, then the hole was drilled with a countersink bit in order for the screws to sit tightly below the surface to prevent any trip hazards.  Due to the nature of using plastic, we had to carefully allow 1cm spacing between each board in order for the plastic to expand and contract in the changing weather conditions
The runners were drilled through and attached using a coach bolt.  This just prevents the boards moving away from each other
The tools of our trade, includes three drills as it saves time changing bits.
The story so far...come back and see more from the remainder of our project soon

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