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I want to build a 8ft x 16ft float to put at the end of the dock. I have attached a picture of the plans for it. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with a difference between dock floats vs plastic barrels? I have personally never been on a float with either but it sometimes seems on videos that the floats made with barrels are a little more tippy and after a few years the the wood and frame look like they twisted or are uneven. Now the ones that use the square floats seem like they don’t move much at all. Not sure if this is really the case or not so trying to get some advice. Barrels are definitely cheaper and way easier to come by. I have found a few used floats on marketplace but it is hard to find more than a couple. For this project I would need 8. Thank you!

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Hi. I built a T - Dock approximately 20 feet long by 12 feet across at the end. I used all treated lumber and plastic barrels. That was 19 years ago. Never had an issue. It is in the pond year round. 365 days. Don't know anything about the floats. The barrel dock DOES tend to roll/dip a little I used nylon webbing to secure the barrels.

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Wallman, I am glad that the barrels worked and are continuing to work for you.

I put mine in around 2012 using the blue (and some white) plastic 55 gal barrels and have had the white ones crack and leak, the blue ones are much better, but when I re-do the pier I will be using the rectangular floats from Dockbuilders Supply.


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Thank you very much. I will end up pulling this up to shore in the fall. I am in Michigan, so I don't think I will be leaving it out in the winter.

Thank you for the honest opinion about the rolling. I am not sure if it is because they are rounded and the floats are square?

I really appreciate the feedback!


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