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Old 06-30-2013, 06:33 AM   #21
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With the hardware be sure to get some big clamps to hold stuff while you drill.

Double headed nails don't work as well as you cant tap the lumber a bit for the best , most level fit.

Depending on what your building the most common method is to install the piles first .

Join the piles along the outer edge , then join the piles on the other dock edge.

A string will help the install the outer edge , but a long level is also required .

Use a straight board and level from outer edge to inner edge when installing the second (near land ) edge, not just a string.

When the two sides of the dock are bolted to their piles its time for the boards under the dock that tie the outside pilings to the inner ones.

These are simply lifted in place under the first lumber and held with clamps till bolted .

With larger boats two boards , one either side of the piles will be more substantial.

Should a center support be required under the planking it is installed next , using nailed parts to hold them in place . Look in the joist hanger section of the store , and only use real Joist Hangar hardened nails..

I there is scrap from cut offs using it as blocking between these deck supports , it will be easy and almost free.

Now the deck can simply be laid down, and screwed in.SS screws are good , and as the screw heads will be noticed , snap a chalk line for best eye candy.SS is very soft so pre-drilling (just use 2 drills) might be less wasteful of the soft SS.screws

The deck costs about the same but 2x8 seem to last longer than 2x6 .

Beware if using plastic decking as for much foot traffic the under supports must be 12 inches apart, so a second or third support member might be needed on top of the lumber that ties the piles together.

This is esp true if heavy carts with gear or an occasional 8D battery or tranny are part of the dock traffic

Have fun , its a bunch of work but not that hard to build Eye Candy.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:15 PM   #22
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Thanks FF. The dock is a log dock and is already around pilings. I have stripped the dock down to the 4 x 10 x 8' that hold the logs together. The logs are in good shape and I have used plastic barrels to add floatation and stability. I will be starting with 6 x 6 10', then add a 4 x 4 frame, then running 2 x 8 x 10' across the dock so it will now be 10' wide. All of this is pressure treated lumber. Have all the lumber ordered, then came to the realization this weekend I hadn't ordered any hardware, so I will be busy tomorrow.
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For big breezes a trick we use in FL is to install land pins.

This is a pile sunk with a post hole digger about 5 ft into the soil, usually 25 or 30 ft in away from the water.

Only a foot sticks out and with bow and stern lines as well as crossed lines fore and aft a huge load is passed inshore , and not to the dock.

Even in a well protected Hurricane Hole after 100 K anything & everything helps!
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For big breezes a trick we use in FL is to install land pins.

This is a pile sunk with a post hole digger about 5 ft into the soil, usually 25 or 30 ft in away from the water.

Only a foot sticks out and with bow and stern lines as well as crossed lines fore and aft a huge load is passed inshore , and not to the dock.

Even in a well protected Hurricane Hole after 100 K anything & everything helps!
Great idea, but there is very little soill on the side of the dike. Mostly rock and the red tape I would have to jump through, like DNR, US Corps, County and State. It is on a back slough of the Columbia River, so the biggest thing to worry about is the tital effects from the Pacific 70 miles away and condition of the pilings. I have 2 (out of 5) that will be replaced next year with steel. Currently I have wood.
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Well my lumber has arrived. Those 6 x 6 x 10s are heavy.... I ordered my hardware which is being shipped out of Missouri. I found ordering from these guys is more than 1/2 the cost had I bought them from places like Lowes or H.D. I have 130 5/8 x 16" and 200 1/2 x 6" galvanized lag bolts and washers coming. Hoping to have it by the 5th. I am still spend over $500 for bolts and washers. I will be drilling pilot holes for the bolts and bought me a 1/2" low speed, high torque drill with auger bits. A friend of mine just brought over a huge 3/4 drive electric impact that should drive the screws in very nicely. This should be fun. Go to the blog if you want pics.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:38 AM   #28
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Well I am half done (40') of the 80' dock. Just waiting on hardware for the railing. Will start on the other 40' next week. Pics here:
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This is where I ordered my hardware. Safed big big $$$ when compared to Lowes and HD.

https://www.wholesalebolts.com/
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OK, since no one has had the guts to ask, I will! Why did you start the planking at the end of the dock instead of shore side ? (Like laying railroad track.)
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OK, since no one has had the guts to ask, I will! Why did you start the planking at the end of the dock instead of shore side ? (Like laying railroad track.)
Well I wanted to get the 80' dock done first, then tie the two docks together and have a place to park the boat. Basically I I don't have a clue why I started there....
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Well I wanted to get the 80' dock done first, then tie the two docks together and have a place to park the boat. Basically I I don't have a clue why I started there....
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Well I wanted to get the 80' dock done first, then tie the two docks together and have a place to park the boat. Basically I I don't have a clue why I started there....
OK, if I was painting a dock, I'd start at that end. But building a dock,...

mea culpa: I have never painted or built a dock.
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back to work on the next 40'

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Finished the big dock today! See my blog for many pics. Here are some before and after shots:
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Dock is finished!

Drove the last screw on Thursday. Just in time too as it is starting to get crowded with a new boat coming.

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That's the way! Plan your work, and work your plan. It's great when a plan comes together. Now, where have I heard that before?

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