FAQ – Wickcraft Walkways
Q: In the past our trail ways have run into permitting issues the Department of Natural Resources. What type of permits do we need with your walkway system?
- A: Generally, no permitting is required for our walkways, however it is wise to notify the Department of Natural Resources as to what you are planning.
- Q: Our current trail way utilizes green-treated 4×4’s driven into the ground with 2×10’s and deck boards making up the deck. Every year we have problems with the ground heaving in the winter causing twists or uneven areas. Will your Wickcraft walkways have the same problems?
- A: The Wickcraft Walkway sits on top of the ground and is able to flex at the joints to avoid tearing the system apart like the wood systems. If the ground changes height during the winter our walkways come with easy to adjust legs.
- Q: I need to replace an existing trail way that goes through wetlands. How long will your walkways last in those conditions?
- A: The walkway frames will last an estimated 75 years in non-saltwater conditions and treated 2×6 boards about 20 years.
- Q: My boat dock is on the other side of and open marsh area. Can I use a Wickcraft walkways system to access my dock, and if I can do I need any special permits?
- A: All Wickcraft walkway components tie into our boat docks and generally no permitting is required.
FAQ – Wickcraft Docks & Pier Systems
Q: I need a new boat dock or pier but the bottom of our lake is covered with two feet of soft mud and I worry about having to constantly adjust the leg lengths. What can I do to keep my boat dock or pier from sinking out of sight?
- A: Professional installers create a larger pad under the footplate to support the dock. Patio blocks or pieces of green-treated plywood are inexpensive ways to solve the problem for piers in a muddy lake.
- Q: I replaced my old pier with a new Wickcraft boat dock last year. I intend to store it behind my shed in the off-season. Are there any recommended maintenance tips I need to be aware of to protect my new boat dock during the winter?
- A: If your new dock has cedar decks we recommend covering them with a plastic tarp. The galvanized frame and vinyl decking are fine to store outside.
- Q: I have an old sectional aluminum dock that needs to be replaced in the near future. It is 100 feet long and I was hoping to replace half of it this year and half next year. Is it possible to attach the new boat dock to the old aluminum dock for a year?
- A: Wickcraft Docks offers a connecting bracket that is used to tie into seawalls, steps or existing piers.(even aluminum piers)
- Q: How often do I need to treat the cedar decking on my new boat dock?
- A: Docks with cedar decking do not have to be treated; however if you do, every other year is sufficient.
- Q: Floating docks and floating piers can be difficult to walk on at times. I want a stable boat dock but my water level varies every year. How difficult is it to adjust a Wickcraft dock?
- A: Just loosen the set bolt with a 9/16″ wrench and adjust the pier up or down. Our docks are designed to accommodate changing water depths.
- Q: I live on a small lake in Minnesota that does not have any current. Do I have to take my boat dock out every year?
- A: Do as your neighbors do. If they remove their piers, I would recommend you remove your pier. If they leave their pier in it should be safe for you to leave your pier in. However, our pier is easy to remove and we recommend that you do not subject it to moving ice conditions.
- Q: I have an existing Wickcraft boat dock that is 10 years old. How difficult is it add two sections to the left?
- A: With the use of a connecting bracket it is very easy to add on to your Wickcraft Pier. We can easily attach additional dock sections to your Wickcraft boat dock or to other boat docks. (in either direction)
- Q: My neighbor has an aluminum pier that has 10-foot sections. Why does the Wickcraft dock come in 6-foot sections?
- A: Docks with 6′ sections are much easier to install and remove and they make the pier far more stable. Boat dock storage in the off-season is simple, and occupies less space with a Wickcraft boat dock than with many aluminum piers.
- Q: I have a need for some pier accessories for my boat dock. I do not own a Wickcraft boat dock and wondered if your pier accessories will work on my aluminum dock?
- A: Many of our pier accessories are compatible with other aluminum pier systems. Our pier accessories can even work with floating docks.
- Q: I have a Wickcraft boat dock that works great but in recent years the water level has fluctuated as much as 3 feet. I have an old floating dock that I was thinking about adding on the end of my existing pier. Is this possible?
- A: It is quite common to link a sectional boat dock to a floating pier. The additional stability of a sectional boat dock can still be enjoyed while the floating dock allows for fluctuation in water depth.
FAQ – Wickcraft Track Systems
- Q: I am going to remodel my existing boathouse. I will be adding a new cement floor and need to know if I have to anchor my track system in the cement?
- A: We recommend pouring the track system into the cement to eliminate both a tripping hazard and a clean up issue.
- Q: The water level is receding every year on my lake in New York. I have a Wickcraft track system and need to add about 10 feet so that I can have my boat release without touching the bottom. Is this something I can do by myself or do I need to have a dealer involved?
- A: It is very easy for you to extend your track system with a little assistance from a friend. Wickcraft track systems were designed to be installed by the owner, however if you do not feel up to the task call Wickcraft and we can find a certified installer for you.
- Q: I do not have a boathouse but would like to have my boat be out of the water. In the past I used a shore station but found that I was constantly having it fixed. Is it possible to use a track system without a boathouse? If so will I need to have a boat dock?
- A: Many track systems are used without a boathouse. Canopy systems can be purchased to create a roof over the boat. Our system works great either way. Boat docks are very nice to have located next to your track system and Wickcraft offers a 2-foot wide boat dock for that purpose.
- Q: I have a boat that weighs 3,800 pounds. Do you recommend your track systems for boats this large?
- A: Our track system is rated at 5,000 lbs.
- Q: I have a shore station next to my boat dock, but because the water is low on our lake it makes it difficult to use the shore station and I am looking at several alternatives. If I were to use a track system for my boat how much water is needed to draft the boat?
- A: 3′ of water is generally required to release a boat from our track system.