The family’s boat dock on Lake Quinsigamond had seen better days. Last winter’s heavy snows had caused the water at Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury, Ma to rise to abnormal levels as the snow melted. As the water rose, so did the dock, all the way above the tops of the dock piles. A monster storm shifted the dock over the top of one of the posts, where it snagged beneath the corner of the docks’ rim joist. Then, when the water receded, the corner of the dock was stuck on the end of the pile so the structure couldn’t float down evenly with the water. Three corners went down with the water, but one corner didn’t, and the heavy weight of the lumber caused the entire dock to deform into a potato-chip shape that destroyed its construction. The old deck had to go, and a new one had to be built. We had to get a plan on How to Build a Floating Swim Platform for Your Lake House. Here’s how a weekend project that gave us a new place to kick back, relax and drop a fishing line in the water.
Our plans How to Build a Floating Swim Platform for Your Lake House were for a 10-by-10-foot dock at our lake house to serve primarily as a swim platform throughout summer until the old boat dock could be demolished and rebuilt. A dock is much like a deck, but it floats, and the state’s lake authority regulates the design and material used to build any structure on the water. In years past, large Styrofoam pontoons could be used as flotation, but the regulations for Lake Quinsigamond waterway structures now requires the flotation devices to be completely encapsulated to prevent artificial debris from littering up the natural beauty of the towns lake.
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