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Old 05-02-2010, 06:38 PM   #21
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What is the height change? You can accommodate that with lines that are long enough at the highest of tides and would be slack when the water level is lower. You could even go so far as to using chain with a clip (insert non-***** style clip image here) so when the time comes to slack the chains you can and when the water level lowers you can take up the slack in them. Personally I would not tether it to another wooden structure because anchoring it and changing the length of the lines going to the lakes bottom would ensure your other deck/dock thing will remain undamaged.
That's what I was just thinking.

I would still recommend using an anchor system for the dock. You can go to home depot and get some heavy duty carabiners for attaching the chains to the dock. This way you can adjust the chains when needed.

How much of a height change are you talking about, and how often does it change?
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That's what I was just thinking.

I would still recommend using an anchor system for the dock. You can go to home depot and get some heavy duty carabiners for attaching the chains to the dock. This way you can adjust the chains when needed.

How much of a height change are you talking about, and how often does it change?
From two feet lower than pictured in the winter to four feet higher than pictured if it floods.

This is a cove off of a branch of the lake and has no actual direction of flow. The water is not moving and is about five feet deep below the floating dock in that picture.

Edit: I am primarily worried about making it stronger to protect against forces imparted by boats bumping or docking against the floating section. That is where we tie up the ski boats when people come over to visit. Some might be guilty of drinking and docking and as pointed out to me already, the forces imparted can be quite large.
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If you get beaners make sure they are the legit kind that screw into the open/close side. The other recommendation of cables on each side of the dock crossing as they go into the concrete wall would also work, but I would be hesitant because it is a block wall...if I was to do the cable into the wall I would run some rebar down from the top so you don't pull the blocks out when the first dude clips the corner of the dock.
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I'd come up with some cool way to make the gang plank more of a suspension bridge between the fixed dock and the floating dock. I'd accomplish this by adding posts to the floating dock and running cables up to the fixed dock and suspending the gang plank from them.
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If you get beaners make sure they are the legit kind
especially with those new immigration laws
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I won't be anchoring anything to the wall. It wouldn't take it. I'll be placing deadmen or mobile home anchors underground several feet inland from the wall.

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I'd come up with some cool way to make the gang plank more of a suspension bridge between the fixed dock and the floating dock. I'd accomplish this by adding posts to the floating dock and running cables up to the fixed dock and suspending the gang plank from them.
You really are trying to make this difficult! And I really don't want to carry full boat gasoline cans and coolers across a suspension bridge!
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especially with those new immigration laws
Maybe he meant Carib-beaners. Hmm, I wonder if Buffon is busy this weekend?
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