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Old 06-18-2017, 07:04 AM   #1
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We wanted a dock for our pond, so after doing a bunch of on-line research, this 10'x12' dock, and 4'x12' pier is what I came up with. I got a great deal on the barrels (free), and my all-in cost was about $650. I'll add pix from my phone.


The pipe that you see was run thru a bracket on the front of the dock, and driven down into the pond bottom, to stablilize it from the wind. Thought I might need one on each front corner, but it doesn't look like that'll be necessary. I pounded a couple of pieces of galvanized channel into the ground, then ran lag bolts thru the channel, into the pier stringers, to anchor it at the shore. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to try and answer them for you.

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Old 06-18-2017, 07:12 AM   #2
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Very impressive. Congrats!
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:13 AM   #3
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Very nice. What did you secure the barrels with?
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:46 AM   #4
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Very nice. What did you secure the barrels with?


I used some coated wire that I had on hand, but polypropylene rope would work just as well. On my pond, I doubt that it's even necessary, but I did it since I had the wire.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:35 AM   #5
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That turned out really nice!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:56 AM   #6
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That is awesome
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:06 AM   #7
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Nice build
Are u not concerned about the water getting higher? I would think anchors to the stringer would keep it from being able to float up and not be held down in flood
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:15 AM   #8
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Nice Mike..........
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:03 AM   #9
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Nice build
Are u not concerned about the water getting higher? I would think anchors to the stringer would keep it from being able to float up and not be held down in flood


Good question! My pond will only hold so much water, before it spills out, so I'm not too concerned about high water being a problem for my particular setup. I've got hinges connecting the dock to the pier, so I think I'm good up to full pool. If it were to ever become an issue, I can simply remove the lag bolts in the stringers and let the dock and pier both float up a little higher, and reposition the anchors in the bank accordingly.

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Old 06-18-2017, 11:04 AM   #10
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Nice Mike..........


Thanks Johnny! I've got a very happy wife on my hands now
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:52 PM   #11
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Awesome!


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Old 06-25-2017, 08:57 PM   #12
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very nicely done.
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Old 06-25-2017, 09:00 PM   #13
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We had 8 people on it last night (drinking). It was stable, and no one fell in
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Old 06-25-2017, 09:02 PM   #14
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Turned out nice
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:53 PM   #15
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We had 8 people on it last night (drinking). It was stable, and no one fell in
You just didn't drink enough.

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Old 06-26-2017, 02:02 PM   #16
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You just didn't drink enough.

This was just the maiden voyage. I know it'll happen eventually
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:17 PM   #17
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Looks great Mike
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:41 PM   #18
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Nicely done and looks well-built.

We're going to take some of this concept for a floating sun deck/island in my Uncle's brand new lake. Our adj might be smaller and fewer barrels to get the deck closer to the water's surface.

Did you use marine grade materials?
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:47 PM   #19
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All it's missing is holders for the umberall, fishing poles, and beer!!
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #20
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Nicely done and looks well-built.



We're going to take some of this concept for a floating sun deck/island in my Uncle's brand new lake. Our adj might be smaller and fewer barrels to get the deck closer to the water's surface.



Did you use marine grade materials?


You can also add water to some of the barrels if you want it to float a little lower in the water, and help stabilize it even more. I don't see myself doing that, but it is still an option, if I chose to.
I used tested lumber and "exterior grade"hardware.
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Old 06-26-2017, 04:08 PM   #21
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All it's missing is holders for the umberall, fishing poles, and beer!!


In due time, my friend!
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:10 PM   #22
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You can also add water to some of the barrels if you want it to float a little lower in the water, and help stabilize it even more. I don't see myself doing that, but it is still an option, if I chose to.
I used tested lumber and "exterior grade"hardware.
My mind was going that direction too. Do you believe those size barrels on just the 4 corners is enough to support the unit? I estimate filling them 1/4-1/3 to place the joists ~2" above water level? (I know that element is fully adjustable)
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:25 PM   #23
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My mind was going that direction too. Do you believe those size barrels on just the 4 corners is enough to support the unit? I estimate filling them 1/4-1/3 to place the joists ~2" above water level? (I know that element is fully adjustable)


How big is your dock going to be? 4 barrels will probably be fine for 8'x8'. Mine is 10'x12'
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Old 06-27-2017, 11:18 AM   #24
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12'x12' or 10'x14'. Room for kids to run & jump. Thinking now of 6 barrels and we'll just fill as needed for the height desired. Looking for black barrels that will be less visible.
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Old 06-28-2017, 05:57 AM   #25
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12'x12' or 10'x14'. Room for kids to run & jump. Thinking now of 6 barrels and we'll just fill as needed for the height desired. Looking for black barrels that will be less visible.
I think 6 barrels would be okay for that size, and I doubt if you'll need to add much (if any) water to them. I used white barrels because they were FREE. My wife is kinda picky about colors herself, but even she is very happy with how it turned out, and doesn't object to the white color.

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1) Build it very near your pond, if possible because it's gonna be heavy, when you're done. I had 3 friends come over to help me get it in my pond, and you can see how close I had it to the water, and we had no trouble with it. Or you could deck it after you put it in the water, but I opted for finishing it out before launching it.
2) You want the barrel support stringers no more than about 16" to 16 1/4" from inside edge to inside edge, so the barrels don't press up against the deck boards.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:51 AM   #26
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Looks great!
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Old 06-28-2017, 03:14 PM   #27
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I think 6 barrels would be okay for that size, and I doubt if you'll need to add much (if any) water to them. I used white barrels because they were FREE. My wife is kinda picky about colors herself, but even she is very happy with how it turned out, and doesn't object to the white color.

COUPLE OF HINTS:
1) Build it very near your pond, if possible because it's gonna be heavy, when you're done. I had 3 friends come over to help me get it in my pond, and you can see how close I had it to the water, and we had no trouble with it. Or you could deck it after you put it in the water, but I opted for finishing it out before launching it.
2) You want the barrel support stringers no more than about 16" to 16 1/4" from inside edge to inside edge, so the barrels don't press up against the deck boards.
Thanks. #2 was on my mind all along. Don't want the deck boards doing anything but be supported by joists and carry the live wt.
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Old 06-28-2017, 03:34 PM   #28
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Very nice sir, been thinking of doing this my self.
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Old 06-28-2017, 04:11 PM   #29
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Very nice Mike, great job!
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Old 06-28-2017, 06:08 PM   #30
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COUPLE OF HINTS:
1) Build it very near your pond, if possible because it's gonna be heavy, when you're done. I had 3 friends come over to help me get it in my pond, and you can see how close I had it to the water, and we had no trouble with it. Or you could deck it after you put it in the water, but I opted for finishing it out before launching it.


Thanks. Building it with my Uncle in his barn with a level floor, electricity, and fans! We'll just put it on a trailer and move it across the field and into the water. Kids are going to go nuts over this floating island. And we'll fish near it when they aren't around.
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COUPLE OF HINTS:
1) Build it very near your pond, if possible because it's gonna be heavy, when you're done. I had 3 friends come over to help me get it in my pond, and you can see how close I had it to the water, and we had no trouble with it. Or you could deck it after you put it in the water, but I opted for finishing it out before launching it.


Thanks. Building it with my Uncle in his barn with a level floor, electricity, and fans! We'll just put it on a trailer and move it across the field and into the water. Kids are going to go nuts over this floating island. And we'll fish near it when they aren't around.
My fish love the shade that it provides.
Please post up some pix when you're done.
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:23 PM   #32
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I'm looking at doing this exact build at my buddies that I hunt, huge tank and desperately needs a dock of some sort. Did the barrels flatten out at all under the weight? I've read where they could under the weight and if the water is cool.
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:49 PM   #33
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I'm looking at doing this exact build at my buddies that I hunt, huge tank and desperately needs a dock of some sort. Did the barrels flatten out at all under the weight? I've read where they could under the weight and if the water is cool.

The barrels have 2 bungs; one with fine threads and one with coarse threads. I used silicone sealer on the fine threaded one and rotated it to the bottom. You could probably do without the top plug, if you wanted to, but I screwed it in loosely, and drilled a 1/8" hole thru the center of it. This allows the air pressure to equalize when you put it in the water. If you sealed both up, the barrel would likely collapse when it hit the cool water. I also didn't allow all of the weight of the wood, to lay on the barrels (I used jack stands).
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Noted for future project. I'd have to put hand rails up on the ramp and a gate to keep the cows off of it.
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Old 06-29-2017, 11:22 AM   #35
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12'x12' or 10'x14'. Room for kids to run & jump. Thinking now of 6 barrels and we'll just fill as needed for the height desired. Looking for black barrels that will be less visible.
If my math is correct 6 barrels will float about 2500 lbs including the weight of the lumber. That weight would have the top of the barrel at the water surface.

Keep in mind that adding water in the barrels, while it does help stabilize the dock and lower the dock It will reduce the weight capacity.

Lumber on a 12 x 12 is approx. 900 to 1000lbs

The barrel the op put under the walkway is a must. we built a dock 5 years ago and found out the hard way.

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Old 06-29-2017, 01:09 PM   #36
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I saw numbers ranging from 450 - 475 lbs of floatation per barrel, when I researched the internet before building my dock. I knew that 8 barrels were more than I'd need, but they were available for free, so I figured, why not over- engineer it?
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I saw numbers ranging from 450 - 475 lbs of floatation per barrel, when I researched the internet before building my dock. I knew that 8 barrels were more than I'd need, but they were available for free, so I figured, why not over- engineer it?
I think you did great. More is better. The more flotation you have on the edge the better. Also more on the opposite side the better, as long as they are attached.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:47 AM   #38
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Fine Job, Sir!

Already looking for barrels! HAH
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #39
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Very nice
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:53 PM   #40
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Good Job!

If you haven't already decided to do it, a couple of benches one on each side would be nice for sitting on.
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Old 10-05-2017, 02:56 AM   #41
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Turned out good
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