Dock Assembly Guides & Plans

Stationary Dock Hardware Assembly

DOCK SYSTEM BASICS
  • The Dock Edge hardware system is designed for use with 1-1/2″ thick lumber (minimum width 6″)
  • All hardware is mounted with carriage bolts
  • Always use backer plates or other piece of hardware when bolting through wood along with lock washers. This will eliminate the bolt pulling into or through the wood. This will allow the nuts to become loose and fall off
  • Proper distances between the pipes is critical. Use the leg brace holders (DE93105F and DE87107F) to support the length of the dock. Ensure pipe distance is not more than 72″ between pipes
  • Use a piano hinge or other arrangement for decking boards over anchor chain corners for easy access for adjustment
HARDWARE PLACEMENT GUIDE
  • Sections should be connected using connector hinge (DE86103F).
  • Corner bracket (DE86104F) can be used on the inside in conjunction with the DE86103F. Use backer plate (DE87122F) on opposite side.
  • Start with Corner leg holder (DE86100F) at side of dock closest to the shoreline and place pipe outwards using the side leg holder (DE86101F) with a backer plate against the pipe (DE93168F / DE93110F) and the outside. Holders can be mounted on the inside
  • For mud bottoms attach mud pad (DE94102F) to the legs and for rocky or firm bottoms use the bottom pad (DE86102F)
  • For all support sections use angle joist corner (DE95122F)
  • All legs should be supported using the leg brace set (DE89101F) and the corner leg holder (DE87107F) and leg brace holder (DE93105F)
  • To give the dock added support use the anchor chain corner (DE91116F) in each section at opposite ends
  • All pipes should be cap using the pipe caps (DE91111F) to avoid injury from sharp edges on pipe
  • Rolling wheel can be installed on the legs to assist in wheeling out the dock sections. Wheel should be attached to the dock using 2 x DE86101F and 2 x DE87122F. The wheels are equipped with holes to allow for water to fill the wheel, acting as a functional anchor.

Floating Dock Hardware Assembly

DOCK SYSTEM BASICS
  • The Dock Edge hardware system is designed for use with 1-1/2″ thick lumber (minimum width 6″)
  • All hardware is mounted with carriage bolts.
  • Always use backer plates or other piece of hardware when bolting through wood along with lock washers. This will eliminate the bolt pulling into or through the wood. This will allow the nuts to become loose and fall off.
  • Proper chaining of a dock is critical. Use proper dock anchors (min 250lbs per anchor) and cross chains. If there is no water fluctuation chains may be pulled taut by having a few people stand on the corner while you tighten chain.
  • Use a piano hinge or other arrangement for decking boards over anchor chain corners for easy access for adjustment.
HARDWARE PLACEMENT GUIDE
  • All male and female dock-to-dock 3/8″ connections are made with either 3/4″ bolts with lock nuts or 3/4″ connecting pin (DE96111F).
  • For joining sections of dock use heavy duty hinge (DE91112F).
  • Outside female corner (DE99010F) features two 1/2″ welded tabs. Use with a male outside corner (DE99009F).
  • Outside male corner features one 1/2″ welded tab. Use with a female outside corner to connect docks end to end.
  • Joint requires 3/4″ bolt set or connector pin (DE96111F).
  • Outside corner ends (DE99004F) use at ends of fingers and docks. Ideal for swim floats and ski jump corners.
  • Inside corner (DE92104F) should be used with a backer on the outside (DE93122F, DE99011F or DE99012F).
  • Use heavy duty angle (DE99002F) for all cross supports.
  • Female T connector (DE99011F) has two welded 1/2″ tabs. Use to bolt to the side of dock to attach fingers and ramps.
  • Male T connector (DE99012F) has one welded 1/2″ tab and it must be used with the female T connector (DE99011F) to attach finers and ramps. Use two washer plates (DE99006F) with each angle.
  • Chain Retainer (DE99013F) bolts to the side of the dock. Use weights and chains to hold dock in place. Accommodates 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ chain.
  • Pipe holder (DE99005F) mounts to the outside of the dock. Carriage bolt is required for attaching. Use 2” pipe to hold dock in place.
  • Anchor chain holder (DE99001F) use to anchor dock in place of the chain retainer. Hides the chain and ensures no interference with chain as it runs under the dock.
  • All floats are attached to dock using carriage bolts with washer. Fastened from below upwards through slot on floats into the stringer.
HOW TO CALCULATE FLOATATION
  • Weight of wood and hardware = 5-7lbs per square foot (based on 2 x 6 cedar)
  • Weight of people and furniture = variable
  • Dock with floats should average sinking 20-30% into the water leaving 70-75% remaining floatation for “variable” before dock submerges
  • Dock square footage multiplied by 25 divided by floatation capacity = amount of floats required
  • Dock weight divided by floatation capacity = % dock (float) will sink with no people on it yet
  • Dock weight divided by floatation required x float height = # inches dock (float) will sink with no people on it yet
Example 1
Dock 4′ x 10′ sq. ft. @ 6 lbs per square foot = 240 lbs
Variable – 4 people @150 lbs = 600 lbs
FLOATATION REQUIRED = 840 lbs
Thus 40 sq. ft. x 25 lbs per square foot divided by the capacity of the dock float (Howell 400) = 3
Three Howell 400 floats @ 400 lbs each = 1200 lbs floatation
Float will sink 20% or 3.42″
This design would be useful as a walkway for docking only – float height 12″ and should be anchored for lateral stability.
Example 2
Dock 6′ x 10′ sq. ft. = 60 sq. ft. @ 6 lbs per sq. ft = 360 lbs
Variable 5 people @ 150 lbs = 750 lbs
FLOATATION REQUIRED = 1110 lbs
Thus 60 sq. ft. x 25 lbs per square foot divided by the capacity of the dock float (Howell 550) = 3
Three Howell 550 floats @ 550 lbs each = 1650 lbs floatation
Float will sink 22% or 5.2″
This design is a stable configuration useful for medium size docking and joining sections for combo walkway dock and can be built in longer lengths.
Example 3
Dock 8′ x 10′ = 80 sq. ft. @ 6 lbs per sq. ft = 480 lbs
Varibable – 5 people @ 150 lbs = 750 lbs
FLOATATION REQUIRED = 1230 lbs
Thus 80 sq. ft. x 25 lbs per square foot divided by the capacity of the dock float (Howell 400) = 5
Five Howell 400 floats @ 400 lbs each = 2000 lbs floatation
Float will sink 24% or 4.7″
This design would be useful for dock/floating dock accommodating more people and accessories.
4 x Howell @ 550 lbs = 2200 lbs floatation could be used to accommodate additional weight and raise dock for easier boat access, float height 16″
Example 4
Dock 10′ x 12′ = 120 sq. ft. @ 6 lbs per sq. ft = 720 lbs
Variable – 7 people @ 150 lbs = 1050 lbs
FLOATATION REQUIRED = 1770 lbs
Thus 120 sq. ft. x 25 lbs per square foot divided by the capacity of the dock float (Howell 550) = 5
Five Howell 550 floats @ 550lbs each = 2750 lbs floatation
Float will sink 26% or 6.5″
This design would be useful for dock/floating patio application float height 16″
Adding 1 more 550 float = 3300 lbs allowing for more people, chairs, accessories chairs, etc. and keeping dock high so boat wake, wave action does not splash over top.
Float will sink approx. 22% or 5.2″

How To Guides

Floating Dock

Floating Dock Hardware Guide (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 4 x 20 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 6 x 12 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 6 x 16 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 6 x 20 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 8 x 20 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 10 x 20 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 16 x 16 (EN | FR)

Floating Dock 16 x 20 (EN | FR)

Swim Dock

Swim Dock 10 x 10 (EN | FR)

Swim Dock 12 x 12 (EN | FR)

Stationary Dock

Stationary Dock Hardware Guide (EN | FR)

Stationary Dock 4 x 8 (EN | FR)

Stationary Dock 4 x 16 (EN | FR)

Stationary Dock 8 x 8 (EN | FR)

Stationary Dock 8 x 16 (EN | FR)