View Full Version : Winter Project - Pile Driver; Spring Project - Boathouse

05-11-2010, 07:07 PM
It has been awhile since I posted here but have been monitoring throughout. This is a great forum.

I couldn't find the thread but there was one earlier about winter projects... I had been tempted to post pictures and video of building the pile driver in the video below but was afraid it might not work and I would have to hang my head in shame...

I am glad to report though that the pile driver successfully drove 57 pilings as the the first step in building a boathouse on our property. The longest piling was 24' 1" to start. They typically went into the lakebed 5.5 to 6' . It took some time to develop a technique but by the end I was able to drive pilings in about 1 hour (including setup, preparing the piling, raising the piling, and driving it home). I put most of the pilings in myself but did have some help for about 15 of the pilings.


Double D
05-11-2010, 07:39 PM

05-11-2010, 07:45 PM
Quite the operation. Did you have plans for the driver, or was this a complete home creation?

05-12-2010, 12:40 AM
Pretty sweet rig... great work!

05-12-2010, 10:06 PM

Great work!!! We just had one constructed and can't imagine not having one....what size are your pillings? What is the water depth at the end of the dock? How far out are you allowed to go from shore? I'm in alabama and the power company is pretty restrictive...can't wait to see pictures along the way...keep them coming. Are you building a two slip? Single/double story? Enclosed?

05-14-2010, 06:43 PM
What is the driving force? At what point did you stop? Very cool.

I'm guessing since they'd charge you about $500-$1000 per pile, you paid for your rig several times over. Wanna come drive eight for me in WI? A case of beer a pile?

05-15-2010, 12:02 PM
looks like you could use a friend, :D

05-19-2010, 04:00 PM
Here is a picture of where things stood at the beginning of last weekend. Was able to get most of the joists on which I hope to finish this weekend and then put the deck on over memorial day weekend. Hoping the whole thing will be done by end of June but that might be a stretch.

When completed it will contain 2 slips (10x24 and 10x28) with overhead lifts, an enclosed storage room (14' x 16'), a small kitchenette type room (fridge & margarita machine), covered (16 x 24) and uncovered (16' x 28') deck. Overall structure is 44' wide by 52' long.

In response to a few questions on the thread... the pile driver started with a post driver that I bought off e-bay of the type shown at this link (http://worksaver.com/product/hpd-loader.html) and then bought a pontoon, and built the rail and outriggers out of structural steel tube and operated with hydraulics. From the manufacturer's web site the impact of post driver's full stroke is 80,000 lbs. Around here the cost of piling is more like $200 - $275 so the savings isn't as substantial. Although this exercise started as a cost savings one this has been interesting and rewarding on several fronts and will be a great accomplishment once finished.... whether a cost saver is yet to be seen ;)

05-19-2010, 04:11 PM
Very impressive project. Great to see the progress. Can't wait to see the finished product.

TX.X-30 fan
05-19-2010, 05:10 PM
Felt kinda like watching a porno I skipped ahead some to see the actual "pile Driving".........:D

Very cool!!!!