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Lets Talk Docks

Ok, so we bought a house that has a dock, it's a pontoon dock stabilized on poles on the corners....I have absolutely ZERO knowledge on how to winterize, no less maintain a dock.

Soooo, does anyone know anything about how to take in a dock off of a lake? We have to bring it in because the lake we are in is known for freezing at least a foot thick...


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post #2 of 13 Old 08-23-2016, 08:42 AM
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How is it secured to the corner posts? Chain, rope, framed around the posts?

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Unhook it from the poles and bring it onshore. It shouldn't be too complicated.

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It's framed around the posts, the posts stick out about 4-5 feet above the decking and the dock can float up and down around the posts. It's an L shape in 3 pieces, and the walk out deck, which is not even touching the water, then 2 10ish foot pieces secured to one another by cotter pins. These are wood frame docks, and appear to be pretty heavy. Here's a picture if it helps...best I have.


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I wonder if maybe the prior owners used to pull the poles each winter then drag them up. Other option is a lift or crane to lift them off and put them back on... seems easier to pull the poles then hammer new in next spring.

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Gotcha. Being the noob that I am about this, I even thought that they might have been on plates, but being hammered in sounds more realistic.

The former owner left a couple of comealongs labelled "dock" so I'm assuming he tied off to the big tree and just pulled them in that way, because man, they are pretty heavy.

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I wonder if the previous owner used the come along to just lift it up out of the water? As in hook them to the posts somehow, and lift the whole dock straight up, and leave it there.

Might be easiest to just try and track down a phone number for the previous owner, and find out what he did. If he's still local, maybe offer some compensation to come out and explain it better.

Why can't you just leave it out there? I understand the lake freezes, but it should freeze around the dock and not cause an issue in my opinion.

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The problem comes when that foot thick ice shifts, cracks, or flows and the wood toothpicks holding it up follow suit. It would also be pretty hard on the pontoons I would think.

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I wonder if the previous owner used the come along to just lift it up out of the water? As in hook them to the posts somehow, and lift the whole dock straight up, and leave it there.

Might be easiest to just try and track down a phone number for the previous owner, and find out what he did. If he's still local, maybe offer some compensation to come out and explain it better.

Why can't you just leave it out there? I understand the lake freezes, but it should freeze around the dock and not cause an issue in my opinion.
Yeah, there are pics of the dock on the shore. And Errrbody on the lake pulls their docks in, freezes so solid that a guy down the road takes his truck out, plows the lake and basically Zambonis the whole damn thing. The local kids have hockey tourneys out there. From what I've read, it's really bad for pontoons to be left in ice, basically ruins them.

The neighbor moved to Atlanta, wish they had been available to give me tips, but I will at least search for an email or something. To say it's been hectic doesn't do it justice.

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Ok, so we bought a house that has a dock, it's a pontoon dock stabilized on poles on the corners....I have absolutely ZERO knowledge on how to winterize, no less maintain a dock.

Soooo, does anyone know anything about how to take in a dock off of a lake? We have to bring it in because the lake we are in is known for freezing at least a foot thick...
Most floating docks around here are held in place by the poles. They have a screw tip on the end to bury them into the lake bottom. Look to see if they left behind a pipe wrench or a 2-3 foot long rod for removing the posts.

I'd use the come a long and some rope to pull each section individually on shore. Might need some plywood or 2x material to help them slide up on shore without causing too much damage to your yard.
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Update.

Well, we talked to the former owner who said he has left the dock in for years and years with no problems. So that's what we did.....and this happened today...the dock is now beached on an island at least a quarter mile away....just ugh.




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