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 How to build a small pier for a farm/family pond?
SBCZILLA  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 12:17:44 AM EST
We have a small pond on my land, its about 2acres.

I would very much like to construct a small pier for one side. Nothing large, just a small walkway that extends about 15 or so ft out. Maybe large enough for 2 people, standing side by side to fish off of. Obviously, I would like to keep costs down, and construction as simple as possible. We have access to a number of track-hoes. Long enough so that we can "push" whatever we need to into the bottom of the pond for footing.

The pond is pretty clear and clean, but the bottom is pretty mucky. Typical bottom to a louisiana pond.

Thoughts?
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Milsurpninja  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 12:20:50 AM EST
If it were me I would just float it. You could drive posts deep enough but at great expense and it'll get jacked up when it settles or the pond drys up or someone gets drunk and hits it with a ski doo.
SBCZILLA  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 12:22:41 AM EST
Myself,

Id rather a fixed setup as opposed to a floater. The floaters I have seen have not looked as nice as some fixed one.

Unless yall know a way I can do it so it does not look so, uh, Redneck.

I dont want the "I had this party barge left over so I made a pier" look
Milsurpninja  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 12:48:56 AM EST
Originally Posted By SBCZILLA:
Myself,

Id rather a fixed setup as opposed to a floater. The floaters I have seen have not looked as nice as some fixed one.

Unless yall know a way I can do it so it does not look so, uh, Redneck.

I dont want the "I had this party barge left over so I made a pier" look


Well I suppose you could spray paint the empty beer kegs if you wanna make it real high-class.

Google found this:



http://www.dockaccents.com/floating_docks.htm

Those are what I was thinking of.


If you want fixed...



Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Mushy swampy lakebed is no match for some REALLY deep posts. Get you some telephone poles, a big piledriver, and a raft and you should be good to go.



Hopefully someone who knows what they're talking about can help you.
Silence  [Member]
4/16/2009 12:50:32 AM EST
unless you can drain the pond down a bit, going with a floater will be much easier and cheaper.

bwehn  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 2:07:34 AM EST

I used to live on the Chesapeake bay and we would jet the pylons into the bottom with a pressure washer, those piers on the bay lasted for years and had to put up with a lot more than your pond pier would.
HTH
Bob
Cacinok  [Member]
4/16/2009 2:20:40 AM EST
go to the forums at http://www.tractorbynet.com and ask the same question in the "projects" section. you will receive a lot of answers. it's the arfcom of rural living/tractors/etc. there are numerous threads on pond building, i'm guessing at least one covers building a pier. i need to build a pier for my pond as well, but mine dries up each year, gotta fix that problem before i worry about a pier.
jeep44  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 3:52:58 AM EST
Go to a place that has dock supplies. For years, when I had a place on a lake, I used these galvanized poles with a big "screw" head on one end, and just screwed them into the lake bed with a rod through a hole in the pole. After just a few turns, no way could you pull them out without unscrewing them in the opposite direction again. Very stable and secure. A crosspiece would go between two poles,and the dock would rest on that. With enough poles and crosspieces, you could make the dock whatever length you needed. I also used four of these poles to secure my boat. With one pole at each corner of the boat,and a heavy bungee sold at a boating supply place for this purpose,the boat would be held securely, but could move around a bit with the waves-no rubbing aagainst a dock.
dmas87  [Member]
4/16/2009 3:56:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By Milsurpninja:
If it were me I would just float it. You could drive posts deep enough but at great expense and it'll get jacked up when it settles or the pond drys up or someone gets drunk and hits it with a ski doo.


agreed
TruckinAR  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 3:57:47 AM EST
you'll need to start with pilons/pilings/ poles, wood, treated.

a water hode with a pump attached.
String
no more than 8' on center

That would start it.

PS. A level of 6' or more is ideal too.

Hip waders, unless yuou want to lose yer shoes, or you can go barefoot.

Dock building is kinda fun.

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I would H20 blast a test hole to see how far down you will hit something sorta solid.
That would help you determine the pole length.
TruckinAR  [Team Member]
4/16/2009 4:02:10 AM EST
the first step

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