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Make sure you always wear and use the appropriate protective equipment to work safely.
Never use wired power tools near water.
Allow at least 2 adults to build and move your dock sections.
Your use of the dock and your boats will guide you in choosing the model of floats you need:
8′ x 12′ – 96 sq ft 96 x 25 – 2400lb 2400 / 370 – 6.4 floats so 8x the Model R-370
8′ x 12′ – 96 sq ft 96 x 25 – 2400lb 2400 / 750 – 3.2 floats so 4x the R-750 model
Make sure you have enough space to install all the floats under the dock.
See the table below for suggestions of materials and quantities.
For a floating dock, start assembling the dock with the underside up so you can easily install the floats in stage 3. Arrange the spars and ends of the base structure (and the interior reinforcements if necessary) and screw. The screws should not be aligned with the holes you will make for the hardware store a. Check the squeal by measuring the two diagonals. They must be less than 1/8" of length difference b. Attach to position by temporarily screwing a board on the c structure.
Starting at the corners, place the pieces and mark the holes in pencil d. Drill and install the hardware with the bolts. Note that the pieces may vary from the drawing. For a fixed dock, continue with stage 4-B.
Arrange the float supports (2" x 6" boards) e and the floats on the structure f to determine their positions. Leave 6" spacing with the main structure to facilitate further manipulation g. Mark the locations of float supports on the structure and those of the floats on the supports. Remove floats, screw supports and secure floats with pull-downs and large flat washers. You can also use bolts with blocking washers and flat washers.
A For a floating dock, before installing the decking, you will need help to return the structure to the place, carefully, without injuring yourself.
B Check the squeal again (see step 1). Screw the deck inghand starting with one end of the section of the wharf and adjusting the width of the penultimate plank to the remaining space. Screw them into the outside and indoor spars h.
There is no need to anchor a fixed dock unless you are in a basin with strong waves. The piles embedded in the ground ensure its stability. However, you should anchor your boat so that it cannot hit the docks. Some prefer to install a boat lift. Under difficult conditions, you can add one or more diagonal reinforcements between the piles.
ASSESS THE POSITIONING TO AVOID
INTERFERING WITH DOCKING OR SWIMMING