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See the explanation of Dock Slide Assemblies below followed by an Installation section.

Piling/seawall Side
Piling/seawall Side
The slide assembly is composed of two parts. The float side and the piling/seawall side.

The piling/seawall side is attached to the piling or seawall.

The float side is slid down over the top of the piling side and attached to the float with 1/2" stainless hardware.

The float side then slides up and down with the tide around the piling side, and holds your dock firmly in position with incredible stability.

HOW DO SLIDE ASSEMBLIES COMPARE TO PILING HOOPS?

Piling hoops allow the float to flop and tip all over the place when a wave goes by - they also let the float shift as they loosely hold the dock in position.

Slide Assemblies hold your dock firmly in place. When a wave goes by, the float moves up and down calmly and level - it doesn't tip from side to side!


PDF Form Piling Attachment Work Form
PDF Form Seawall Attachment Work Form
Float Side
Float Side
 

 
Piling/seawall Side
Both Sides Together
Piling/seawall Side
Covered with PVC


HOW TO INSTALL SLIDE ASSEMBLIES
 
 

Make sure you have the following parts:

Slide assembly:    
(2) piling/wall mount side
(2) Float side
(2) PVC cosmetic covering + cap


Hardware:

Dock Plate:
(4) 1/2" X 4" SS(stainless steel) Hex head Bolt
(4) 1/2" SS Flat washer
(4) 1/2" SS Lock washer
(4) 1/2" SS Nut

Piling Version:
(8) 1/2" X 7" SS Lag bolt
(8) 1/2" SS Flat washer

Seawall Version:
(8) 1/2" X 7" SS Wedge anchors
(8) 1/2" SS Flat washer
(8) 1/2" SS Nut

Floating Dock Bolts

Tools/items needed:
3/8" Auger bit (preferred) or regular drill bit (Piling version)
1/2" cement drill bit (seawall version)
Hammer drill (preferred) or electric drill
1/2", 3/4" wrenches/sockets
Black "Sharpie" or marker
Vaseline
Hammer
One (at least) 6 foot ratchet strap to hold the mount during the mounting process
4 foot level (at least)


INSTALLATION STEPS
  Step 0. Establish the low water point and high water point on your piling or seawall. Mark the half way mark between high and low tide. The lower attachment bracket of the slide assembly will be placed just above that mark. The slide assembly installation should be done as close to low tide as possible.

Slide Assembly Placement Diagram
 

Step 1. Put together your dock sections and insert them in the water. You will use this float to stand on to install the slide assemblies.

Dock
  Step 2. Move the float up against the pilings to find which two pilings you are going to attach the slide assemblies to. You will use the two pilings closest to the ends of the float - ensuring that you have at least 8" of dock sticking out past each slide assembly. This is to ensure that the slide assembly dock plates will have room to attach to the floating dock frame without interfering with the welded aluminum nuts on the underside of the frame. (Note: you may find later in the installation that due to the spacing of the pilings - the dock plates may interfere with the welded nuts. Simply use a sawsall, or an hacksaw to remove the interfering nuts.)

Dock Welded nuts near ends of frames
Welded Nuts Near Ends Of Frames
  Step 3. Install cleats on your floating dock. Use these cleats to tie your dock off to the pilings, so that the dock stays in position for you to complete the installation. If you don’t know where your cleats will be positioned, tie the dock off anyway you see fit - so you don’t have to constantly hold the dock in position.
Dock
  Step 4. With your marker, draw a vertical line on the front of the piling in the 12 o'clock position. Take one slide mount side with the top end up (the top is the end with the piling/seawall plate already welded to the extension arm - the bottom is a two part piece with the plate that attaches to the seawall/piling as a separate piece) and strap it to your piling with a ratchet strap.

Dock Positioning


Note: BOTH MOUNTS MUST BE MOUNTED IN THE 12 O'CLOCK POSITION ON THE FRONTS OF THE PILINGS. MAKE A MARK ON THE FRONT OF THE PILING SO THAT YOU REMEMBER WHERE 12 O'CLOCK IS DURING THE COMPLETE PROCESS OF MOUNTING.

Installation
Dock Installation
  Step 5. Pre-drill one top hole. Piling mount - pre-drill a 3/8" hole a minimum of 6" deep. Seawall mount - pre-drill a 1/2" hole with your cement bit a minimum 7" deep.
 
Step 6. Put in your bolt or wedge anchor about half way in so that you can still adjust the mount easily and adjust it so that it is plumb (100% level vertically) on both the sides and front. Put in the second bolt or wedge anchor and tighten them down ensuring that it is still plumb.

Dock Installation


You should now have the top of the slide bolted onto the seawall or piling and plumb.

 

Step 7. Now slide the piling/seawall plate side onto the slide extension and while ensuring the slide is plumb – push it to the wall/piling and drill and bolt. NOTE: THE MOUNT MUST BE LEVEL ON BOTH THE IDES AND FRONT, AND BE AT THE 12 O'CLOCK POSITION ON THE SEAWALL OR PILING OR THE FLOATS WILL NOT RIDE UP AND DOWN FREELY ON THE SLIDE ASSEMBLIES.

Installation

When you are done with step 7, you MUST have the mount tightened securely on a piling or seawall and totally plumb - sides, front and mounted in the 12 o’clock position on the piling.

Dock Piling Position Installation

  Step 9. Repeat steps 1 - 8 on the second mount.
  Step 10. Slide the assembly "Dock Side" over the top of the seawall/piling side and HOLD ONTO IT SECURELY AS IF YOU LET GO, IT WILL SLIDE DOWN AND INTO THE WATER AND BE GONE FOREVER (IF THE WATER IS REALLY DEEP).
  Step 11. Slide the dock over in between the plates of the float side of the mount. Place a mark on each side of the plates 2" (the middle of the plate). This mark will show how far you slide the plates onto the frame/edge of the floats. Once you have the plates positioned on the float - drill the first hole into the frame of the float and drop a bolt with flat washer, down into it and loosely tighten a bolt and lock washer. Check the middle mark on the next hole and drill it. Tighten bolts down securely.

Dock Installation
Installation
  Step 12. Repeat steps 10 & 11. Your floating dock is mounted.

Dock Installation


  Step 13. Slide the PVC cosmetic cover over the mount and attach the caps.

Attach bumper strip and any other accessory.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR DOCK IS INSTALLED.

If you have additional questions email Susan@Kay-aKcess.com or call 941-662-5935.


 

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