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DIY Dock Projects

The older I get, the more I respect expertise in various professions. I like to try and DIY sometimes but I have seen some Lake Martin Docks gone bad. Usually it’s the case of a person that thinks weekend carpentry skills suffice for the art and science of marine construction. Therefore, when it comes to working on and around docks, I always recommend pros like Lake Martin Dock Company. But, sometimes all you have to do is replace a dock cleat. If that’s the case for you, take a look at these cleats I found on Amazon. I really like them because they fold down when not in use. I can tell you from personal experience (X 100)- stubbing your toe on a metal dock cleat has to rank among the more painful experiences of life. I have seen a lot of these fold down dock cleats around Lake Martin and, after installing them myself I can see why. They feel smooth to the touch and look stylish. Friendly memo to all potential litigants – don’t whine to me if this cleat breaks and your boat floats away, or if they break because you install it incorrectly. In fact don’t whine to me at all! I am about the least handy person I know and I can tell you that proper installation is within even my meager skills. But if you have some time and a socket set, you can install these cleats. I’m using six lag bolts and I’ve buttressed under my dock so that I’m lagging into additional joists. But don’t worry – I’m still keeping my day job as a real estate agent on Lake Martin. LMDC doesn’t have to worry!

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