Can I Install My Dock Myself?

Getting a new dock is a great feeling. Getting out on the water with friends and family is one of the best ways to spend your day in the summer time. For new dock owners, being able to enjoy the water is a spectacular new experience. While all the new fun is great, the cost that comes with getting a new dock installed isn’t good for your wallet. Along with the cost of the dock, there usually comes a charge for installation that can be a couple thousand dollars. Fortunately, EZ Dock is one of the easiest dock solutions available.

Two Men Launching from the EZ Kayak Launch

How Do I Install EZ Dock Myself?

The best feature that EZ Dock offers is right in the name… It’s Easy! This isn’t just talking about owning a worry-free dock, but the entire process from start to finish. EZ Dock is very Do-It-Yourself, generally just requiring the help of another person. All you need is a little bit of muscle and you’ll be enjoying your dock in no time!

The hardest part of the EZ Dock installation process is generally just getting your EZ Dock product into the water. This is where having an extra hand is required. Once you start getting pieces in, simply connect them with EZ Dock’s coupler system, which is hooked into the pockets of the dock section. This requires an EZ Dock Installation Tool and Coupler Socket, both of which can be purchased from your local EZ Dock dealer. Once the coupler has been hooked and pulled up through the connecting pockets, use a 15/16″ socket on an impact driver to use the coupler drive tool to tighten the couplers together.

After the dock has been put together, all that’s left to do is install the gangway and anchor the dock. Gangway installation is as easy as anything else in the process. Your local EZ Dock dealer will sell you a gangway hinge kit, which attaches into the pockets of the dock and onto the gangway. This will allow the gangway to raise and lower with the dock as water levels fluctuate. Anchoring is the final step in the installation process. For most DIY methods, this is typically going to be galvanized steel pipe. It can be pounded down into the ground with a post driver, or driven into the ground with an auger on the bottom and a pipe wrench if the bottom of the water is soft enough. After that, it’s simply time to relax and enjoy the waterfront knowing that you’ll never have another headache due to your dock.

Can I Install Other EZ Dock Products Myself Too?

The short answer is Yes! Other EZ Dock products such as EZ Ports, EZ BoatPorts, and EZ Kayak Launches are all just as easy to install. These products can be attached to any existing dock, such as floating or stationary, or to any EZ Dock. Attaching to a preexisting dock is a simple process that just requires an EZ Dock Floating Dock Hinge Kit (Part Number #100700). This hinge hooks one side into the pockets of the dock or port, and the other side is bolted to the side board on the other dock. This installation process is much simpler than installing other types of lifts that require leveling and proper construction to work correctly.

Should I Install My Own Dock?

Installing a dock is always best left to the professionals, but if possible installing on your own will save you time, money, and will probably leave you feeling more satisfied that you got to build and watch your own creation go in the water. All that’s required is your screwdrivers, impacts, pipe wrench, and installation tools from EZ Dock. If you are interested in learning more about EZ Dock or the installation process, feel free to browse our products, or request a quote and our team of experts will reach out to you to best determine your needs.