One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
When you buy a waterfront home for the first time, you probably think about how much fun it will be to go boating and spend time sunning on your dock. You may not even think about the work necessary to keep the dock in good shape. It will require regular maintenance or it will deteriorate before its time. Here are a few tips for keeping your boat dock in good repair.
Wash And Clean The Dock Regularly
Pressure wash the dock regularly to keep grime and chemicals from damaging the wood. Depending on how you use your dock, you may need to wash it throughout the summer or just once each fall at the end of boating season. In addition to keeping the surface of the dock clean, you'll also want to keep up with scraping barnacles off the posts underwater. It's an easier job to scrape them off as they accumulate rather than wait until the cover the beams.
Tighten Connections And Nails
The swaying of water from the tide, wind, and boat waves causes your dock to sway a little. This can lead to loosening of the joints or nails. While you'll want to take note of loose connections and nails as you use the dock daily, it's also a good idea to thoroughly inspect the dock at least once each season for connections that need to be tightened. Check both above and below the water. When nails work loose, the dock has even more sway and this can lead to further problems when allowed to go unchecked. If your dock is old and you are concerned about how sturdy it is, call a dock repair company to come out to inspect it and tighten and replace parts as needed.
Repair Or Replace Damaged Wood
Your dock will probably last for many years, but if it is already old, then it could be nearing the end of its life. One way to keep your dock for as long as possible is to repair or replace damaged wood planks. You may be able to fill them in with marine putty or you might have to call a contractor to completely replace some of the planks. At some point, it may not be possible to repair the dock. In that case, the contractor may have to pull out the old dock and put in a new one.
If you don't want to deal with dock maintenance and making repairs, then you can hire a contractor to maintain your dock so it has a long life and doesn't pose a danger to anyone walking on it. If you have kids or guests that use your dock, you'll want to make sure it is sturdy and safe so an accident doesn't ruin your boating fun. Contact a company, like Abbotts' Construction Services Inc., for more help.Share