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Most docks on the Lake of the Ozarks are susceptible to wave damage. Especially those nestled on the main channel.

During the long summer season your dock can experience a lot of stress, and overtime it will become more noticeable.


Here are three warning signs your
dock needs upper structure bracing:



1. Are any purl-ins on the dock cracked or other signs of stress?

Purlins can flex around posts and crack.








2. The posts at the front of your dock, are any kinked?

If allowed to, the forward most posts will eventually kink from the roof lurching forward in the waves.





3. Is the roof leaking?

When waves hit the dock, it causes the roof to rack back and forth causing the roofing screws to cut groves in the sheet metal. If you see these signs on your dock, it means the roof is racking in the wind and waves.

Upper structure can come in different forms, usually consisting of tubing or angle placed horizontally across some or all the runs of roofing posts. They can be mounted by welds, bolts, or both. The Upper structure is typically paired with X style bracing between posts to prevent the roof from racking side to side as well as forwards and backwards.

Price is dependent on: quality of materials, methods used, and design considerations.

We bolt our upper structure to the posts using steel gusset plates. That way the stress can be distributed across both surfaces. We do this for
every post, it might be overkill, but we want our docks to last 25+ years.


Welding can make for quick installation, but it doesn't provide enough give and typically cracks.

A single bolt just provides a pivot point, and doesn't prevent the roof from racking.



When you are on the dock next, look for any signs of stress. If you notice any of these signs, give us a call so we can help you solve this problem. Please don't ignore these signs because they will get worse over time, costing you money and cause unnecessary headache.

Dock Cable Wear and Tear:

The Lake of the Ozarks can churn up some rough water during the summer season, which puts a lot of stress on your dock cables.

In rough water your dock will rack from side to side. With one set of cables going lax while the other set whips tight.

While this is happening, your cross cables try to keep your dock square with the ramp, and your shore cables attempt to keep the ramp and dock square with the shore pocket.

  Each fall, after a long summer season of your shore cables getting whipped around, the lake begins its annual drawdown.

When this happens, Ameren suggests loosening your dock shore cables. As the water levels lower more stress is put on your cables and to the connections on shore and the dock, so don't forget about that.

Shore Cable Maintenance:

Your dock cables will eventually start rusting and weakening around the connection points. They can also rust prematurely if allowed to sag in the water.

Solutions to sagging cables:

1.       Seasonably loosening and tightening your cables, either yourself or hiring a service.

-          Quick tip: make sure the clamps are tight, they should be visibly crimping the cable, otherwise you risk them slipping.

2.      Using floats to keep your cables out of the water.

-          These are useful but can get expensive. They too have a limited life expectancy, eventually becoming weathered, cracked, and filled with water. Also, you still have to loosen and tighten your cables seasonably.

3.      Cable springs aren't a new concept to the Lake of the Ozarks, but we feel that we have mastered it.

-          We pre-load the springs with pressure when installing them; this consistent tension keeps the cables from sagging into the water.

-          The pre- loaded pressure negates the need for loosening your cables every fall.

-          The springs have enough give to deal with the annual drawdown, and can take up the extra slack created when the lake is at full reservoir.

Why Cable Springs are the best solution:

-          Cable springs are more expensive than floats, but often outlast multiple sets of floats.

-         Extends shore cable life. By keeping constant tension, they keep them out of the water.

-          They also provide stress relief to the dock and shore cables during the summer season. This limits the amount of  needed maintenance to your dock.

-          We always recommend cable springs be paired with our ramp slide setup. That way your ramp and springs provide pivot points for your dock instead of it racking in the waves (stay tuned for a future post on our Ramp Slide feature).

Lastly, it is always important to inspect your dock. So when you're at the lake house next, be sure to take a look around. It's better to catch an issue before it gets worse. Because the worse a problem gets, the more difficult it will be to repair raising your costs.

If you see an issue and think cable springs might be a solution to your problem, give us a call! We are happy to help you.

3 Reasons Why Your Dock Needs a 

Ramp Slide 




We design our ramp slide feature for ease of installation when delivering the dock. 

Once installed we pre-load our cable springs with pressure to firm up the dock with the shore pocket the slide is attached to.

The ramp slide is designed to let the dock and ramp pivot off the shoreline. 

Not all Docks need a ramp slide, depending on your situation you may already have an ideal shore pocket poured into your sea wall or pier. 


Ramp Slides: What Are They Good For?

   1. Ease of Installation For New and Used Docks

When installing a dock you need a place for the ramp to go. Not everyone has an ideal setup from the start.

We have attached your slides to seawalls and existing piers. When necessary we customize our basic design to accommodate your unique situation.

2.      2. Provides a Place for the Dock and Ramp to Pivot in Rough Water

Spending time on your dock during a busy holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks will enlighten you on the stresses your dock can go through.

We pair this feature with our cable springs. It wouldn't help to have cable springs if everything else on the dock was fixed and rigid.

We pre-load the cable springs with pressure to firm up the ramp with the base of the slide. We want the dock to be able to pivot from this point in the waves.

If the cables had slack, they would allow the dock to ebb and flow in the waves, basically creating a battering ram out of your dock's ramp. This how stuff breaks and we want to limit your maintenance expenses

3.These Features Add Peace of Mind

Your dock is under stress 24/7 365 days a year. A ramp slide paired with other features that provide give, allows your dock to move with the waves providing stress relief.

Minimize maintenance costs on your dock overtime. Boat docks are not place and forget items, especially on the Lake of the Ozarks. The more you can do upfront to provide stress relief the better.

Boats are only getting bigger on the lake, and there are more of them on the water each year. Help give yourself peace of mind, and invest in your dock's future.

 

Next Steps:

Step 1: If you're interested in this feature, check out our video on cable springs. It shows why we typically pair these two features.

Step 2: Take action; don't wait until next spring to get this installed. Call Leon this summer, or this fall at the very least.

3 Reasons Why Your Dock Needs a 

Ramp Slide 




We design our ramp slide feature for ease of installation when delivering the dock. 

Once installed we pre-load our cable springs with pressure to firm up the dock with the shore pocket the slide is attached to.

The ramp slide is designed to let the dock and ramp pivot off the shoreline. 

Not all Docks need a ramp slide, depending on your situation you may already have an ideal shore pocket poured into your sea wall or pier. 


Ramp Slides: What Are They Good For?

   1. Ease of Installation For New and Used Docks

When installing a dock you need a place for the ramp to go. Not everyone has an ideal setup from the start.

We have attached your slides to seawalls and existing piers. When necessary we customize our basic design to accommodate your unique situation.

2.      2. Provides a Place for the Dock and Ramp to Pivot in Rough Water

Spending time on your dock during a busy holiday weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks will enlighten you on the stresses your dock can go through.

We pair this feature with our cable springs. It wouldn't help to have cable springs if everything else on the dock was fixed and rigid.

We pre-load the cable springs with pressure to firm up the ramp with the base of the slide. We want the dock to be able to pivot from this point in the waves.

If the cables had slack, they would allow the dock to ebb and flow in the waves, basically creating a battering ram out of your dock's ramp. This how stuff breaks and we want to limit your maintenance expenses

3.These Features Add Peace of Mind

Your dock is under stress 24/7 365 days a year. A ramp slide paired with other features that provide give, allows your dock to move with the waves providing stress relief.

Minimize maintenance costs on your dock overtime. Boat docks are not place and forget items, especially on the Lake of the Ozarks. The more you can do upfront to provide stress relief the better.

Boats are only getting bigger on the lake, and there are more of them on the water each year. Help give yourself peace of mind, and invest in your dock's future.

 

Next Steps:

Step 1: If you're interested in this feature, check out our video on cable springs. It shows why we typically pair these two features.

Step 2: Take action; don't wait until next spring to get this installed. Call Leon this summer, or this fall at the very least.

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