Dock Construction: The Basics

A private dock might seem to be an essential addition to any property that overlooks a body of water. You may see such a structure as a basic piece of construction that you've got the ability to handle; this can be accurate, depending on the level of skill you have acquired. Here are four basic issues you'll need to cope with during private dock construction.

Knowing Your Riparian Rights

Before anything else, your riparian rights should be investigated. Do you even own rights to the water on your property? That's a fact you'll require before you spend time and some money to build something. Your riparian holdings should be included on the deed of record. If you're unsure, ask a records clerk at the local hall of records whether they can help you trace ownership of water on the property.

Securing a Permit

Your time at the municipal government building should also include a journey to the office of permits. While you may not require documentation for a private dock, it's possible you'll have to duly apply and wait for a permit.

Selecting Materials

Your pocketbook is understandably a major consideration, so you may want to pick up a number of barrels or untreated lumber planks for the private dock. These options are valid ones, but understand that over time they could require more care during and after building and may not be as stable as you want.

Barrels can give you less of a sure footing on the dock, and untreated wood is at time harder to work with and runs the risk of splitting or rotting due to water, especially if located in a body of saltwater. Instead, treated lumber or aluminum could be more suitable.

Keeping Dock Secure

Your private dock has to be protected throughout construction. That means you'll need to prevent drifting and damage at every step until completion. This is likely to require that you'll tie each piece to a makeshift stake whenever you're going to leave it for the evening so pieces don't start slowly heading out of your reach,

A private dock can be easily made with knowledge of the basics and some construction skills. When needing help, don't hesitate to contact marine construction and supply contractors. Their advice is helpful, and at any point you can have them inspect or take over the work so the private dock is done well

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