For pro-active waterfront enthusiasts, building your own dock can be quite an achievement and source of pride. There’s nothing wrong with the DIY-approach, but it can help to have a little help and advice along the way. Doing a little research will help ensure that your dock is safe and built to last.
Some DIY dock projects can be wrapped up in as little as an hour or two, while others require more detailed planning and prep. If you’re just looking to make a minor repair on your dock boards, for example, you might just need to replace a couple decking screws. The bigger projects take a little more skill. But with the right can-do attitude, you’ll be all set.
General Dock Building Tips
To start, it always helps to have a plan so you can map out what parts you’ll need. Take stock of what you’ll need for your dock, and try to think ahead so you can adjust accordingly. Do you think you’ll want a kayak launch in the next few years? Consider building that into your design now. Then you won’t have to change the layout or end up purchasing sections you’ll only replace later.
Another good rule of thumb is to keep things simple. If your waterfront is pretty flat, you can check out a lot of great floating dock systems. We really like working with EZ Dock because their equipment is user-friendly and adjustable. Because it’s a modular unit, you can modify the layout easier that other traditional floating dock styles.
On the other hand, some shores can have a significant drop-off. If that’s your case, a DIY approach might not be your best option. You might need to start with a contractor to help anchor your dock equipment to the rock bed. Determining your project cope upfront can help avoid any trouble down the line.
Dock Equipment and Supplies
Whether this is your first major dock projects, or you’ve been honing your skills for years, it always makes sense to try to get the best deal on your dock supplies. Purchasing your equipment used (or like-new) can go a long way in making your new dock cost-effective.
You can even order your EZ Dock materials through a supplier and do the install yourself. For those looking to purchase equipment at discount, we also have a variety of dock materials on hand for your own DIY project. Whether it’s materials from another client’s site, or spare parts for your anchoring or coupling, we can probably set you up with the right tools for your job.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions about our current supplies. If we don’t have what you need in stock, we’ll be happy to place an order for you. Then it can ship directly to your address for a truly hassle-free process.
DIY Dock Building Help
At Deaton’s Waterfront, we’re always available for design consultations. Even if you don’t need help with the install itself, utilizing our design services can help you get started on the right foot by choosing the layout that’s perfect for your needs and waterfront.
If you have any questions about how to get started on your DIY dock project, give Deaton’s Waterfront Services a call at (317)-747-4933. From consultations to easy dock supply orders, our team is always happy to help. Contact us today to get started!