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Will rock crib hold up against the ice pressure
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Hi Tech Hugh    Posted 04-15-2002 at 20:05:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Built a dock last summer it hinges on a metal frame or crib filled with rock. It's out about 10 feet from shore in about 3 feet of water The ice is still on the lake will it shift the crib or lift it? Has anybody had any experiences like this? The ice should be breaking up this week or next.

tomatolord    Posted 04-17-2002 at 09:05:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my dad tried this up at his cabin in PA and it did not work over time

unless you cement the rocks together it will over time just tear up my dad had to fool with it each year to replace bent bolts (these were 10 ton bolts that were bent like a U)

plus the effort required to move that much rock is and was quite a task you could not use a backhoe becuase it could not reach the end of the dock very well so the end of the dock always got pushed around

plus one big disadvantage was that you could not stick your feet in the water in the summer months.

you have to build the crib high enough for the spring rains or else the dock is under water then in the summer as the water level drops then lake gets farther and farther from the dock

then getting in and out of boats is hard, getting out of the water when you swim requires a ladder

it now makes a real good fish attractant and he put in a floating dock about 10 years ago

Manitoba    Posted 04-16-2002 at 12:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a cabin in Northern Ontario and every year the ice would shear off my crib dock. I finally got fed up and built one out of piles....

Bob /Ont.    Posted 04-16-2002 at 12:30:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hugh, the most likely thing to happen is if a big chunk of ice around the crib gets loose and moves around it will shake it a bit and maybe move or dammage it.
Later Bob

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