Pier of d’Nort offers four ways that you can begin your pier.

Starter Section

Our most economical way to start your pier is with a ramp section. The ramps differ from our standard sections in that their legs can be adjusted so that they remain vertical while the ramp itself slopes upward or downward. The shore-end of the ramp rests on any horizontal surface; a stairstep, grass, sand, cement blocks, etc.

In order for the legs to remain vertical when the ramp slopes up or down, the folding brace that attaches to the side of the frame must be able to be attached at different spots. This is provided for by a series of holes in one of the grooves of the main frame rather than just the single hole usually provided for bolting brace to frame. The owner simply chooses the hole that works. The rest of the holes are neatly covered up by an aluminum piece that slides within the groove. This provision is standard for ramp sections but it can also be ordered for our regular sections so you can slope up or down from a Shore Mount or a Fascia Mount. Ramps simply have no hook hardware on their shore-end.

Shore Mount

The shore mount attaches to any horizontal surface and pretties up your beginning with a three-board mini-ramp. Shore mounts can be bolted down, staked, lag screwed, or they can simply be placed on the ground without being fastened. Fastening is optional, your pier won’t go anywhere.

Some folks bury a railroad tie into the ground and attach the Shore Mount on top of that. Others attach to cement walkways or buried cinder blocks. Still others just rest it on the grass or ground. The Shore Mount doesn’t care. It’s not even alive.

Fascia Mount

The fascia mount attaches to any vertical surface such as a railroad tie, boardwalk, step face, or another pier. It comes with its own single board . . . which looks a lot nicer than without.

The Fascia Mount will likely not have to be removed between seasons (except for the board). Mounting this piece requires a face that is structurally sound. When attaching to older wooden piers or decks it’s smart to reinforce them as necessary.