Saturday, 7 November 2009

Plonking down the planks

Well it’s all “gone down” today as it were. These are some not very good photos (blame bad light) of a marina being shut off from the outside world. In this case it’s just a precaution so the water level in here doesn’t drop when the canal may well go down two foot while they work on lock 7. That’s the theory anyway.
 
It was all very interesting to watch, meanwhile the swan looks bewildered…
 
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First plank being lifted…
 
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Swung round…
 
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Getting it lined up didn’t look easy…
 
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This plank isn’t co-operating, so one of the guys had to go on the other side, which meant running round the marina rather than being made to walk the plank...!
 
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Bingo, one down, loads more to go…
 
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These guys came in after the first plank was laid, they’d have been carrying their canoes a fair way if they’d left it any longer…
 
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And so the job continued till two separate “walls” were in place…
 
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Um, I didn’t photograph every plank being sunk, because when you’ve seen one go in…
 
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And the digger acts like a giant hammer…
 
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Nearly done…
 
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End result, the last thing they had to do was use mallets to ram giant pegs down through all the boards. We're guessing that's for two reasons, to reinforce and keep them in place so they can't move at all…
 
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Well that’s it, we’re locked in for quite a while now, British Waterways have said the work will take six weeks, hmm…

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