Installation

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We want to make your entire experience with DocksDirect.com as easy as possible.  Please read each step of this Owner’s Installation Manual thoroughly to ensure proper installation of you new dock system. Installing your dock in any manner other than the steps outlined in the manual may lead to serious injury and or structural failure.

Site Preparation:

Each dock installation is site specific and you should be aware of the unique characteristics of the specific body of water and consider how such conditions will affect the dock system and the installation. Please take the following into account:

  • Overall area of the body of water
  • Water depth
  • Normal and greatest wave action
  • Water level fluctuation
  • Fresh, brackish or salt-water
  • Lake bed condition

Be certain that your installation configuration is designed to accommodate the daily intended use of your dock, in particular:

  • Commercial application
  • Public access requirements
  • Scale of operation and use (size of boats, number of boats, number of people, etc.)
  • Other special consideration affecting daily use.

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Required and recommended tools:

Tape Measure
Level
Pipe Cutter , Hacksaw or Sawzall
1/4” Allen Key
5/16”Allen Key
3/4” Wrench
9/16” Wrench
9/16” Socket
#3 Philips Head Screw Driver
File
Dead Blow Hammer
Liquid Soap (hardware lubrication)

Important!

Check your entire inventory to ensure that you have all the materials needed before starting the installation. Open each box and compare the contents against the itemized list on your packing slip.

If there are any missing or damaged items, please contact us immediately at 888-367-9553

Review the plans provided for your new dock system. Mentally layout where each part goes and organize your hardware accordingly. It is always best to have a plan of action prior to the start of your dock installation.

 

Stationary and Rolling Dock Installation

Step 1. If you wish to decrease the weight of each dock section
during the installation process, you have the option to remove
the panelized decking. This is done by removing the 4 set screws
in each decking panel. The 4’x10’ and 4’x 12’ dock sections have
2 panels and 8 total set screws. The 6’x10’ dock section contains 4
panels and 16 total set screws.

dock leg
Step 2.
With the first dock section still on land, install all four poles and leg pads
into the dock frame. Set the dock leg pad at the higher of the two settings (8”
up). Be sure to check the orientation of the stainless steel corner bracket inserts
at this point. Some layouts will require repositioning of the corner bracket insert
based on splice kit location. Using one of the two set screws, set the dock frame
on the pole at an appropriate height based on the anticipated water depth.
(Caution: Never walk on the dock when held with one set screw.)


Step 3.
Loosely install splice kit connection hardware onto the dock
section. (See separate splice kit installation instructions.) Install an
installation clip (1ea.for stationary and 2ea. for rolling) at the end of
the dock section or at the position in which you plan to connect your
next dock section.


Step 4.
Walk the first section into place in the water. (If you are using a transition ramp be sure to
take that length into account.) Make sure your dock system is moderately level. Relive the set
screw at each pole in the corner bracket one at a time and drive the pole into the ground by either
stepping on the leg pad or by using a dead blow hammer. If you are unable to drive the leg into the
ground due to a rocky environment, you may lower the leg pad down to the bottom settng. This
allows the leg pad to sit flush on the bottom of the leg. (Always install as many legs as possible at
the higher leg pad setting.)

 


Step 5.
With the first section in the water, level the dock on both the length and width sides and secure
the dock on the pole by tightening both set screws with a 1/4” Allen key (position 1 & 4, position 1 is
the top hole, position 4 is the bottom hole). If you are installing a transition ramp from the shore to
you first dock section, move your set screw from position 1 to position 2.  This allows your ramp to
move up and down easily and also positions it flush with the top of your dock.


Step 6.
Each subsequent dock section should be prepped on shore as described above. This means
installing all:
– Dock legs and pads (set each leg height as close to the anticipated water depth as possible),
– Cross bracing
– Installation clips (needed if your dock will be in more than 5’ above ground) and
– Any splice kit hardware (loosely attached) needed for additional sections.
Each dock section will have legs filling every corner bracket except for those in direct contact with
previously installed sections (i.e. On a 4’x20’ dock with two 4’x10′ sections, the first section has four
poles, 2ea. at 0’, 2ea @ 10’. The next dock section has only 2ea. at 20’).


Step 7.
Once the next dock section is prepped, walk it into the water. Rest one end on the installa-
tion clip and repeat steps 4 & 5.


Step 8.
Continue this process for each dock section until you have reached your desired layout. If
water depths make it difficult to walk the dock section into place, you may float the dock section
into place using flotation tanks or some other supplemental flotation device to ease installation.

dock install the panels
Step 9.
If you previously removed decking panels from the dock
frame, reinstall them at this point. Slide one piece on the dock
frame about one foot in from the end. Use the matching panel to
link them together and slide them both into position. NOTE: Deck
panels are stamped with an “X” on one side. The “X” side of your
panel should always face the end of your frame. Also, never have
two “X” together.) Use a Phillips head screw driver to reinstall your
decking set screws into the predrilled holes.


dock install trim polesStep 10.
Trim all poles with a sawzall, pipe cutter or hacksaw to the
desired height above the dock. We recommend trimming them to the
same height, between 20”-36”.


Step 11.
Install any accessories that have been purchased into the re-
tention track of the dock system.

Step 12. Place caps on pipes and fill all non-used corner brackets with dock plugs.

Step 13. After final assembly check all set screws and other nuts and bolts for tightness.

 


Dock Removal and Re‐Installation

Stationary Dock:
Your dock should be removed in a fashion similar to how it was installed. Be sure to carefully disassemble each piece. Mark where each pole goes and keep your hardware in an orderly fashion. Inspect all pieces for integrity each year before reinstalling. Follow steps 1‐13 for the following year’s installation.

Rolling Dock:
Be sure that you have two installation clips evenly distributed at the connection of each dock section. Parallel Splice Kits, 90 Degree splice kits and corresponding standard splice kits should be left tight. To remove your dock from the water, remove or loosen all standard splice kit connections.  By loosening splice kits, your dock will rest on installation clips giving your dock increased flexibility easing the removal and re-installation processes.

Maintaining your Dock:

Our docks are designed “3 season safe”. If you live in an area where the water freezes we recommend taking your dock completely out of the water. To avoid water getting into the frame extrusion, never store the dock frame outside on its side. Be sure to store it in a safe area free from any falling debris.
dock tie down cleats

 

Key System Hardware Installation

dock standard splice kitStandard Splice Kit: Always loosely install your splice kits prior to carrying
your dock section into the water. If you lay the splice kit flat on the
ground you will notice that 2 of the holes are slightly slotted. These slots
should always face outward toward where you are connecting your next
dock section. This makes it easier to line up dock sections and hardware
when in the water. Be sure to always securely tighten all four bolts on
the kit. Periodically check these bolts throughout the season to insure
they have not loosened.

90 Degree Splice Kit: You can determine the orientation (right or left) of your 90 degree splice kit
based on which corner bracket it connects to. If standing on the90 degree splice kit dock and it
bolts on to the right corner bracket, it is considered a 90 Degree Right and
if it bolts on to the left side it is considered a 90 Degree Left.  In order to
connect the 90 Degree bracket, remove the set screw from the insert position
1 and place it in insert position 3.  This allows the 90 Degree kit to bolt into
position 1 and 2.  The opposite side of the bracket is designed to bolt into
the retention track on any side of another dock section.  Loosen another
dock section. Loosen the small stainless steel inserts and slide them into
the track in an approximate position as to where the 90 degree bracket will
sit. Now use the provided hardware to connect. Be sure all hardware is sufficiently tightened before moving on.

Standard Cross Brace: If the dock height of any given section is greaterdock standard cross brace
than 5’, you may want to use a cross brace. Loosen the screws and
remove the leg collars on the bottom of the “X”. Disassemble the “X”
by removing the center bolt and install the leg collars above the leg
pad when you are preparing your dock on shore. Once the dock sec‐
tion has been installed, take the non‐notched half of the brace and
connect on the right leg collar (if standing on shore facing water).
Take the opposite end and fasten into the far left side of the retention
track. Repeat for second half. Insert center bolt and re‐fasten two
halves together forming an “X”.

Wheel Cross Brace: Slide the leg collar onto the leg prior to installing the wheel into the corner bracket of your frame. The tabs on the leg collar should be facing the same direction as the width and length sides of your dock. Once leg is secured in frame, fasten angle to the leg collar tabs and attach the opposite side to the retention track on the underside of the dock frame.

 

 

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Call: (888)367‐9553

E‐Mail: install@docksdirect.com