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Should You Build Your Own Dock?

DIY “kit” docks can be a great option for replacing your must-have link between land and water, depending on your skill set, shoreline, lake conditions and budget
By John Tiger
Published: July 15, 2014
dock kits jumping off dock
Photo by Dreamstime.com
Whether your dock is a total wreck or it’s just not your style, there are several resources to help you replace it, from parts, to complete building plans, to folks who will help you design and build your own and even construct it on-site.

Docks range from very simple structures that may cost a couple thousand bucks to extremely complex systems that cost several thousand. How you decide to upgrade depends on how handy you are, what type of shoreline and lake bottom you’re faced with, and your budget.
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