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Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:12:15 AM »
Narrow end is 54"
Wide end is 148"
On the narrow end do I need bolts in the middle as well? 3" angle is roughly 2' spacing.
On the wide end do I need bolts all the way across? 3" angle spacing is roughly 3'.
I'm putting 3 bolts per 2" x 12" board.
Using 5/16 m18 stainless tapered bolts with stainless nylon locknuts.


 

 

 


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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 04:03:56 PM »
Here's where I'm at. Didn't screw middle down on the narrow end 

 

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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2020, 06:59:12 AM »
Looks good!

If it starts to raise in the middle, you can put a couple of bolts in it then, but looks good as is!
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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2020, 07:23:38 AM »
This will be interesting to watch, and keep us posted in a coupla few years as this weathers. I suspect the wide boards with wide bolt spacing is going to split a number of the planks as they see repeated wet/dry cycles. I would have used 6" wide decking, so this is a learning op.
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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2020, 08:24:45 AM »
This will be interesting to watch, and keep us posted in a coupla few years as this weathers. I suspect the wide boards with wide bolt spacing is going to split a number of the planks as they see repeated wet/dry cycles. I would have used 6" wide decking, so this is a learning op.
I know the 6" is preferred per what you said. I just don't like the way it looks. I'm using stainless so I can remove a board if needed and not have to drill new holes as the self tapers rusted and twisted off. Hopefully with recoating it a few times a year that'll be minimized. As you said, time will tell.

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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2020, 08:31:37 AM »
Are you putting anything on it to prevent it getting slippery?
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Re: Screwin dock deck, how many bolts should I use?
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2020, 09:04:38 AM »
Are you putting anything on it to prevent it getting slippery?
Nope.  Didn't think that would be an issue to be honest. No complaints yet anyways.  Something I need to keep in mind though. Thanks


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