I decided to take some picture of the cross nailing method I use to bed a trap solid in peat moss because a few people have asked me about it. The heads of the nails I grabbed were a little bigger than the others I had, so I used the head of the nail to grab the spring pin in the front and back of the pan. This actually worked quite well and I think I'm using it from now on.
This is by far the quickest and easiest method I've found to bed a trap in all conditions. Todays condition was mud...everywhere I went, but this works equally as well in frozen ground too.
All right, let's get on with it......
This set is a moderate step down dirt hole, but I use the same technique at all sets I make.
Dig yourself a bowl shaped bed as close to the shape of the trap as possible
Add a handful of peat to the bowl and a good helping of salt for antifreeze.
Stake and place the trap in the trap bed. Notice the pan is not leveled yet. This allows me to pack the peat and work inside the jaws without fear of the trap firing.
The 40D Galvanized spikes are in place and ready to be driven against the spring pin. See my handy-dandy nail set in the last pic.
The nails are tapped into place and a wad of polyfil is placed under the pan. (The pan is still not set)
I then start adding sifted peat moss and pack it down with the palm of my hand. I add a little salt in layers as I go. (Pan still isn't set)
Once I'm satisfied with the shape of the dirt pattern I'll go ahead and put my right thumb on the dog and lower the pan with my left thumb and forefinger. I'm in complete control of the trap firing as long as my thumb is on the dog. (I thougt I took a picture of the pan leveled into the nightlatch and the ready to fire, but I guess I didn't. Use your imagination.)
Here is the finished set and a view of the location. A "T" in a farm road at the corner of a thicket. I never set this farm before today, but I've got high hopes for it.
Works great when the ground freezes up and you're using peat moss to bed in.
Here is a link to show how much extra time it takes me to power bed a trap using this method.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQmhnj4KDK8&feature=youtu.behttp://s118.photobucket.com/user/Pigjigger/media/Makingaset_zps6ac9303d.mp4.html