Fixing the Dock


The dock was in trouble after it cracked in the middle when one end got frozen to the piling and remained elevated as the tide went down. Also, we lost some floats (they floated away - so to speak) which made the end sag into the water.

Day 1, April 21:
Leo showed up to help. Thank god for that. We suspended the end of the dock by tieing it to the piling. We showed a couple of the old ones dock floats for a basic start. By the end of the day, we had the dock above water, although it was still sagging on that end.

Day 2, April 22:
We showed in a brand new heavy duty 16-inch deep dock float, for which Leo constructed a custom bracket inside the dock. Now, we had the end of the dock decently high. However, it was still a bit low. It clearly wasn't really able to handle the full weight of the gangway bearing down. Also, it wobbled a bit. We decided we needed more floats and thus to come back another weekend.

Day 3, May 12:
I purchased two more new dock floats, but only 12 inches deep to make them more backwards compatible. After they went in, the dock had plenty of floating power! We also reinforced the core dock where it had cracked in the middle by using a combination of steel plates and wooden beams. The results was pretty decent!

Low Tide Day, June 17:
This is what a -2.76 foot tide looks like! It's a good way to see the floats and the structure of the dock.
For more info about tides, check out this cool site: http://co-ops.nos.noaa.gov/about2.html



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