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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Key Maintenance Tips For Your Newly Acquired, Previously Owned Wooden Dock

by Nicholas Jenkins

If you have a boat that you would ever like to use, it is obvious that it will need to be maintained or its existence become useless. However, given the construction and appearance of the dock, it's not always easy to be sure for amateurs to be sure that it is in good condition. Therefore, if you have recently inherited or purchased a previously used boat dock and you want to be sure of its condition, the following advice will be very helpful. 

Check (And Replace) The Sealant That Was Used On The Wood

It is important to note that many areas have laws in place that affect the type of sealant, paint, etc. that can be used in water, in order to protect that valuable resource.  That is why many older of wooden docks are not sealed, but in recent years new options have become available that do not run the risk of contaminating the water.

Ideally, your paperwork for the land or dock would provide some verification as to when it was last maintained or what product was used, but that is not common. Therefore, if the wood is rotting, if it's been more than a year since the unit was inspected or if you have no idea when the unit was last sealed, it's best to have it redone with an eco and water-friendly sealant.

However, if significant portions of the wood are gone or if you have any questions as to the safe use of the wood in the future, it's best to have it inspected by a professional, as mentioned next.    

Thoroughly Inspect The Wood, Above And Below The Water...For Damage And Unwanted Guests

Since sealing wood that is jagged, missing or broken is not useful, it's essential to know what to look for when inspecting a new-to-you dock. For instance, while it's pretty easy to see a hole in the wood above water, it's not always easy to see the damage that shipworms and barnacles can inflict on the underlying, portion of the dock that is constantly in the water.

That means that, assuming you are not squeamish and that you are a strong swimmer in good health, you'll need to go underwater to assess the water-ogged portion of the wood. It's often recommended for you to have someone with you who can help you get out if a problem occurs while you're underwater. Some damage is to be expected, but if you can see big holes or if you see not much wood but lots of worms and crustaceans enjoying their meal, it's time to speak with a dock repair expert to determine your options.

Depending on the severity of the damage, it may be possible to repair it with new treated, lumber. In other instances, building a new dock might make more sense.           

In conclusion, your dock plays an enormous role in the usability and functionality of your boat, since its use while damaged does not bode well well for the boat it needs to secure. As a result, every responsible boat-owner who has recently come into ownership of a new wood dock is likely to benefit from the facts shared above. For more information, contact companies like Abbotts' Construction Services Inc.