Floating docks are used at many
waterfront homes as a means of securing
and gaining easy access to the owners boat. Docks are usually
constructed from pressure treated wood with buoyancy provided with
Styrofoam. The most common material is Pressure Treated lumber that has
been pressure-impregnated with a preservative which makes the wood
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Trex decking offers
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planks are more flexible than conventional wood planks.
When mounting a floating
dock to a bulkhead you can use pipe or a bar that is U shaped. The pipe
can be mounted to the top of each piling rise upward then outward and
then straight down into the sea bed.
should be secured to a bulkhead or pilings with proper marine hardware.
Make sure you consider maximum high tide and use hardware that permits
the dock to float well above the high tide mark without breaking free.
When mounting a floating dock to a bulkhead you can use pipe or a bar
that is U shaped. The pipe can be mounted to the top of each piling rise
upward then outward and then straight down into the sea bed. Depending
on the bottom composition the pipe could be screwed into the bulkhead at
its base or the pipe could just be left long and jetted into the seabed.
Jetting may should difficult but its actually pretty easy. Just adapt a
garden hose onto the top end of the pipe and turn on the water. The pipe
will dig itself into the seabed. On the Floating dock mounting rings are
securely bolted in place. The bulkhead mounted pipe runs through these
rings. Basically the floating dock can then slide up and down the pipe
with fluctuations in tide level while still being held in place and not
Floating dock on left is secured to
pilings with chain. The chain is paced through small segments of pvc
pipe in an effort to prevent it from getting caught on the piling as the
tide goes up and down. floating dock on right utilized marine
hardware U bar which hold the dock nice and secure without the
disadvantage of snagging onto the piling with tidal movement.
Floating docks can also be secured in place to pilings.
Usually a chain is secured to the dock that wraps around the piling.
Chains work fairly well but I have seen a couple that get caught on the
piling. The result is that the floating dock get pulled under as the
tide rises. Using a u bar to wrap around the piling will solve this
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