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Old 12-05-2020, 08:51 AM
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Default Boathouse Renovation Starting - FINALLY!

Just as Covid was starting, I had the contractor that built my neighbors dock come out and estimate what it would cost to tear down my old boat shelter, and put up a real boat house. We were not allowed per our HOA restrictions anymore than basically awnings over our boats, and the lifts had to be hidden. When Harvey made the lake 5' higher than pool, everyones motors and gear boxes were ruined. Our HOA ( we are small, less than 20 houses ) agreed to amend our rules, and allow boathouses. My neighbor was in the lead, got his done last year, I have been waiting since May when I paid the deposit, for construction to start. Was supposed to be done by July 4th, then Labor Day, now, well, maybe New Years or Easter.

My intention on this post is to post progress as the dock is built. Probably update every few days, it doesn't appear that they will work every day. First step was demo the old dock.


The old dock, is in need of serious rehab, the water was a couple feet deep over the electrical box.

One side is going to hold jet skis, the other side the pontoon boat.

Start of removal of the old dock.

Jack and Jill are making sure no one left any food around the job site.

Demo complete, the old bulkhead is still in good shape, a few minor things on it, but re-using it for the most part. The old jet ski lifts are coming out along with the remaining lift beams.

The pole driving barge arrived, waiting on poles, and they will get set this week.
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This is going to be an interesting thread. Are you having built to match your house like the neighbor across the canal?

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Old 12-05-2020, 09:41 AM
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No I am not. That place is a bit of an eye sore, but its not in our subdivision. It will have a shingled roof, not the Med tiles.
Old 12-05-2020, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeeBooshay View Post
Just as Covid was starting, I had the contractor that built my neighbors dock come out and estimate what it would cost to tear down my old boat shelter, and put up a real boat house. We were not allowed per our HOA restrictions anymore than basically awnings over our boats, and the lifts had to be hidden. When Harvey made the lake 5' higher than pool, everyones motors and gear boxes were ruined. Our HOA ( we are small, less than 20 houses ) agreed to amend our rules, and allow boathouses. My neighbor was in the lead, got his done last year, I have been waiting since May when I paid the deposit, for construction to start. Was supposed to be done by July 4th, then Labor Day, now, well, maybe New Years or Easter.

My intention on this post is to post progress as the dock is built. Probably update every few days, it doesn't appear that they will work every day. First step was demo the old dock.


The old dock, is in need of serious rehab, the water was a couple feet deep over the electrical box.

One side is going to hold jet skis, the other side the pontoon boat.

Start of removal of the old dock.

Jack and Jill are making sure no one left any food around the job site.

Demo complete, the old bulkhead is still in good shape, a few minor things on it, but re-using it for the most part. The old jet ski lifts are coming out along with the remaining lift beams.

The pole driving barge arrived, waiting on poles, and they will get set this week.
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No I am not. That place is a bit of an eye sore, but its not in our subdivision. It will have a shingled roof, not the Med tiles.
That's a might bold statement..that looks like a fine boathouse,yard, metal roof on the house and all..... especially compared to that canvas and frame thing...
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Originally Posted by MaddMac View Post
That's a might bold statement..that looks like a fine boathouse,yard, metal roof on the house and all..... especially compared to that canvas and frame thing...
I'm thinking Mike was being sarcastic!
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Pretty area.
How big is the lake?
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that looks a lot like the San Bernard River around here in Tx.
being a small/short river it does not flood too often like the Brazos or Colorado rivers do, but Harvey did a number on some of the houses and yards along it

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I was being very sarcastic.... the house across from me never has the lawn mowed, the pool is horrible, the boathouse is about to fall in, and the house has more than a few "issues". When I mean the lawn is never mowed, I mean they mow it once a year, with a bushhog. Its head high when they mow it.
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Lake Conroe? We lived in April Sound for several years before moving up to Denton.
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cool looking project
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Originally Posted by ShalloWateReds View Post
Lake Conroe? We lived in April Sound for several years before moving up to Denton.
Yes, sure is. Not far from April Sound
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Get your contractor to get some drainage in that wall, having bulkhead higher than ground puts stress on wall and deadmen. it'll be 60% of my repairs this year, failed walls.
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Seems like one step back two steps forward. The trackhoe they use to set the pilings broke down yesterday, so they had to move the barge around the lake, to where they could offload it, then go repair it, its still not back yet. This morning though, as I was getting in the shower, I did get a nice surprise though, the delivery of the pilings occurred.


I don't know why they don't bring these in by one of their barges. Now they will have to hand carry each one all the way to the dock, a couple hundred yards at least.

Foreman says they should be setting the pilings tomorrow. We will see......
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Great project. I just finished rebuilding my boathouse also. Kept the main structure but did new metal roof, docks, seawall, lift, power, water, etc.

Post up some more pics as progress continues.
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Originally Posted by MikeeBooshay View Post
This morning though, as I was getting in the shower, I did get a nice surprise though, the delivery of the pilings occurred.
Hmmm, I didn't think water was a good lube. Guess it doesn't matter for some.
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Originally Posted by Locke N Load View Post
Hmmm, I didn't think water was a good lube. Guess it doesn't matter for some.
OUCH!

Actually today, they started setting the pilings. Not as easy as they planned, the trackhoe is not quite tall enough for the length of the poles.

You can see that the trackhoe is struggling to reach the top of the piling here.

And a non plumb piling is what you get as a result. Its got to come out.

So now, the trackhoe can maybe reach the ones around the edges, but going to need a taller machine for the ones in the middle.

Only 47 more left LOL.

The piling they set this afternoon is definitely coming back out, they couldn't pull it from the barge, it was stuck too good. So they put the trackhoe on the hard, now they can pull it and try again, with a little better angle on top of the piling. Same as yesterday, one step forward two steps back.
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Ive been doing marine construction for quite a while and if this is how your job started..it'll continue to be a monkey/ football..wrong equipment for job, sloppy jobsite, broken barge..im gonna get some popcorn.
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that excavator is definitely not from Texas...right?
‘Cause it’s definitely not bigger.
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Well, I give a little partial credit here to the crew, at least they knew it was not right and didn't keep on the same path. We have all had a job where we had a task, and had to make do with what was on hand before.

These guys built my neighbors, and a couple of boats houses down the way from me, and the final product was very good. Let's watch a bit and see how it goes tomorrow.....
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Call me skeptical, but I used to work for the company who owns the excavator. I personally would be highly skeptical of any outfit using rental equipment to drive posts. I’m sure their rental rep is enjoying the 5-8% per month though.

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