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BuoyChaser
05-25-2006, 12:20 AM
has anyone used standard 2" or 1-1/4" pipe to build a custom dock with either Roloff or Tie Down brand???

i've got a bunch of extra 1"-5/8" steel pipe, think old well casing that like to incorporate into legs for a custom built dock...

weighing the options of two hardware kits available, less expensive Roloff or more expensive Tie Down brand:
http://roloffmfg.com/Marine/

http://www.tiedown.com/adockhw.html

jimmer2880
05-25-2006, 06:10 AM
Sorry - I have nothing. We dont use that kind of hardware on our docks.

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BuoyChaser
05-25-2006, 10:30 AM
Sorry - I have nothing. We dont use that kind of hardware on our docks.

'bump'
i'm also weighing the options on docks that are hoisted in the air, like a draw bridge...anyone have any designs for building one of these yourself???

this company sells them, for a 40' section runs about $4k+ then about $8 installed http://www.docksource.com/crankups.htm

BuoyChaser
05-25-2006, 10:35 AM
here's there schematic, not sure how they attach to shore will have to check one of the setups on a local lake...

bigmac
05-25-2006, 11:00 AM
here's there schematic, not sure how they attach to shore will have to check one of the setups on a local lake...

That type of dock is common on the northern Minnesota glacier lakes like Lake Vermillion where the shoreline is rocky and steep. Most of those require a concrete pedestal to mount the winch and for the pivot anchors. In this county of Minnesota these days, a permanent structure like concrete pedestals would be illegal within 75 - 150 feet of the shore.

BuoyChaser
05-25-2006, 11:13 AM
That type of dock is common on the northern Minnesota glacier lakes like Lake Vermillion where the shoreline is rocky and steep. Most of those require a concrete pedestal to mount the winch and for the pivot anchors. In this county of Minnesota these days, a permanent structure like concrete pedestals would be illegal within 75 - 150 feet of the shore.
my shoreline is solid granite ledge that extends 24' into the water, then turns right to MUCK...notice in the picture the front of the lift is where that transition takes place...the ledge drops off and the muck is over 5' deep, still haven't tested it because afraid to lose a pipe permanently and don't like having that randomly in the water...

plan to use the granite to drill and anchor rods to tie to...not sure how to do that either, but concrete would certainly be easier...

jrhollow
05-25-2006, 11:16 AM
bigmac-

You are correct that these lift docks are very common on Vermilion. My grandfather use to own the dock building company that put most of them in. You rarely see any other type of dock on the lake. What do you mean by "In this county of Minnesota these days, a permanent structure like concrete pedestals would be illegal within 75 - 150 feet of the shore."? The state allows you to put a concrete slab in for these types of docks.

jrhollow
05-25-2006, 11:21 AM
If you have any specific questions or need pictures of a lift dock let me know

peason
05-25-2006, 11:26 AM
Bouychaser - you may want to try contacting this site. I don't have any experience with thier products - so you are on your own. Good luck.

http://web.mawebcenters.com/bridgcodocks/index2.ivnu

BuoyChaser
05-25-2006, 10:18 PM
great resources, thanxs for all the tips...leanin' towards the least expensive route which is just 4'x8' sections with pipes mounted on one end...just quickest way to get dock in the water and get more water time!!!