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Project by janice posted 11-10-2009 02:02 AM 2515 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry, I don’t know how to add projects that are not completed yet. But this was my boatdock. It’s about 25 years old and it broke apart last year. My husband scabbed it back together and we got one more year out of it. Well, Halloween weekend the river came up again and dropped like a rock, breaking the dock even worst than before when it got hung up on the rocks. I thought it would be funny to post these pictures, you have to laugh at it. We knew it was coming, but really didnt want to have to build a dock right now. We’ll have to build one before spring so we can get it in the river easier when the river comes up then. As if we don’t have enough to do out there! This we have to do, otherwise I can’t put the pontoon boat in. He thinks he’s going to build the next one out of steel or whatever he’s planning on using. It should be lighter, we’re getting to old to take care of a heavy dock anymore. That things weighs a ton, but usually I can handle it myself if the conditions are right and most of the year they are. I’ll post pictures of the new one when we get it done. Thanks for looking, hope you had a laugh. Oh, any suggestions on a new dock would be nice. We’re thinking about using something other than barrels too.

-- Janice





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rozzi

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 02:07 AM

Looks like another project to me and you were tired of the deck. Love the mighty Mississippi.

-- Duane, Iowa

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janice

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 02:09 AM

It is another project that is just gonna slow the other ones down. It’s the Gasconade River and I do love it.

-- Janice

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patron

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 02:13 AM

if there is a pile-driver guy on the river ,
have him put you 4 posts down ,
and make a decent platform that rises and lowers on it’s own.
it can be loosely held by bent pipe around the posts ,
and bolted to the platform .
and a hinged walkway , like a garden bridge .
it can be hinged to a cement pad at the beguining , on land .
make it sturdy enough ,
and you wont have to mess with it again .
maybe a couple extra posts upriver to stop
floating debris from messing with it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 02:26 AM

I like David’s idea.

Janice, I’m sure it will be better than ever when you’re finished.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rozzi

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 02:27 AM

I have never been on the Gascondade River so I will have to check it out sometime. Any bass or walleye in it? Woodworking kills my time when I can’t go fishing.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 02:27 AM

Wow! He and others out there have actually talked about piles before and having the dock rise and lower on it’s on. But they would have to be pretty tall or the dock could float off. A plane might hit them, ha, ha. Seriously though, in 93 the river was up to our ceiling in the old cabin so the piles would have to be as tall as my cabin, from the ground. That wouldnt count how deep the river is there and how many feet in the ground they would have to go in. It’s sure is an idea, I’ll have him read it. Thanks.

-- Janice

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janice

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 02:29 AM

Rozzi, yes there is. The Gasconade is very long and some parts can be pretty shallow. We’re at the deep end of the river, it feeds into the Missouri river.

-- Janice

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patron

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 02:37 AM

check with the power company ,
or the phone company .
they usually have telephone poles used for sale .
and they are creosote treated ,
great for water .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 02:43 AM

That’s what we use for stilts for the cabin. Thanks again for the advise.

-- Janice

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janice

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 02:45 AM

David, I really think that is a great idea, but how do they put them in the ground under water? If they ever fell over they could hit the cabin and crush it. They river is pretty wicked when she wants to be.

-- Janice

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 02:48 AM

Big Job ahead maybe you should hire David.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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janice

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 02:49 AM

That’s what I’m thinking!

-- Janice

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 03:08 AM

It might be easier to build a cement lift locks around your dock and then you woun’t have to worry about riverr height. LOL

Good luck on the construction/reconstruction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dudley

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 03:29 AM

I would use Styrofoam blocks in stead of barrels. Good luck.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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janice

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 03:52 AM

We’re thinking about strofoam too. We think it would be easier than barrels. We usually have to replace 2 or 3 every year.

-- Janice

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