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Dock & pier work – do it right!

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The plug will be pulled next week on Lake D’Arbonne for the quadrennial five-foot drawdown. Now there will be a mad dash this fall and early winter to make repairs and do construction on piers, boathouses and decks over the water, especially after this spring’s record flooding.

Every four years (that’s the quadrennial part), the lake is drawn down about five feet to kill excessive aquatic vegetation and allow property owners to have work done. But before you get started, make sure you go about the work in the right way. It will pay off in the long run.

“Building a seawall, pier, boat dock or deck should be a once in a lifetime deal, not something you have to do over and repair often,” says Jared Cook of Farmerville and owner of Flying Jack’s Marine Carpentry. “The best advice I’ve got for people is to go into this type of construction knowing what they want and also knowing that the lowest bid may not be the best value. Make sure and check out previous work by the person doing your seawall, pier, dock or deck. And most importantly, make sure that your contractor is licensed and insured. If they aren’t and you have problems, your dream can turn into a nightmare.”

Make sure to ask them to supply a copy of their active licenses, general liability and worker’s comp insurance. Without these documents, you put yourself at risk of poor construction and legal liability in case someone is injured on your property during construction.

You can find out more about Jared by clicking on his advertisement on this page and checking out his Facebook page. Flying Jack’s is committed to helping you “Live the dream”. They will build you a beautiful boat dock, deck, pier, or seawall made of quality materials that will last and stand the test of time. He’s also a sponsor that helps bring you this page every week. Please make sure and tell him “thanks”.

“We know the importance of quality work,” Cook says. “We build every project as if it were our own. We have all new equipment including the largest pile driving barge on the lake. We strive to be the difference between ‘good enough’ and ‘good as it gets’. Give us a call at 318-496-0283.”

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