How to Install a Dock ladder for Safe Summer, Water Fun
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With summer approaching it will soon be times for lazy days by the water. There’s very little more enjoyable than jumping in and out of the water from a dock, boat or pontoon when the heat really sets in.
To help keep the fun safe for everyone involved a sturdy dock ladder does wonders. And while we recently reviewed 5 of the best ladders on the market here, our buyer’s guide did not cover any tips on how and where to appropriately install your new ladder.
This article will attempt to cover that now.
So, if you have already bought your new dock ladder and need a little guidance on what to do next, let’s jump to it.
Ideally, the bolts you use will be just as hardy. Galvanized steel is also okay. In most instances, (even where an aluminium ladder is purchased), suitable, sturdy bolts of the correct length for the unit will be supplied.
One little tip to increase stability is to use mounting plates or blocking the dock up from underneath with a 2×4. This gives the bolts more material to fasten into, which of course will make the ladder more secure.
For this you may have to source your own bolts however, as the factory supplied components might not be long enough.
There a good number of versatile dock ladders available that mean you can install them at any time.
They work using a quick release mounting system that allows you to remove the ladder after use and store it someplace safe and dry.
This is especially beneficial at the end of the warm season when you might not require the ladder until the following year.
Rather than have it endure the challenging winter weather, where damage and corrosion can occur, you can pack up your ladder and store it in the garage at home.
For fixed dock ladders the decision on whether to uninstall during the winter months is dependent on your location (i.e the type of weather you experience at this time) and whether you will actually be using the ladder year around.