Retaining Wall Building

Although the availability of easy to install retaining wall building materials made possible building retaining walls without hiring contractors, it also promotes common retaining wall building mistakes. These common mistakes range from simple misalignment to graver structural failure. To avoid these mistakes, it's good to know them before building your retaining wall.

Here are some of the most common retaining wall building mistakes.

Misaligned building materials - these are common to modular, brick, and railroad tie retaining walls. It's irritating to see that your retaining wall is not level, thus compromising the whole look and even the integrity of the wall. You can avoid this by simply using carpenter's and ground levels to check your retaining wall level during the building stage.

Improper drainage - proper drainage is crucial to lessen the lateral pressure on the walls during rain or, when water is added to the soil held back. This will result to structural failure, and later, collapse. Installing perforated pipe along the base of the retaining wall ensuring that it will not be clogged by covering it with lose gravel and stone first before adding the soil can avoid this from happening.

Using the wrong building material - consider the volume of soil that needed to be held. Larger volumes that need taller walls can use a poured concrete material. The same is true if you're propping up a steeper slope. Interlocking modular blocks today are sturdier but be sure to ask the sales agent as to the capacity limitation of the blocks.

Not hiring contractors - the availability of easy to install retaining wall building materials often cause the exclusion of contractors when building retaining walls. Building retaining walls remains a technical matter, unless you got medium to advance masonry skills, it's best to get some professional help when constructing retaining walls.

These are just some of the common mistakes when it comes to retaining wall building. But, knowledge is power. So knowing these common mistakes is the start to avoid them.

 

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Masons fined for faulty wall that killed construction worker
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Retaining walls solve many landscaping problems
One of the most cost-effective and dramatic improvements you can make in your landscape is to define your planting beds with retaining walls. Landscape walls can EURœtie togetherEUR your foundation plantings and extend your home visually, enhancing its ...


Wabush homeowners say retaining wall is a development disaster
Some homeowners in Wabush have been told by the town that their backyards aren't safe. A letter was sent to 80 homes on one side of Snow's Drive in the western Labrador town, alerting them that a retaining wall that was built in their backyards by the ...


Rostraver wall collapse snarls I-70 - Tribune-Review

Rostraver wall collapse snarls I-70
Tribune-Review
The retaining wall underneath the road collapsed onto the railroad, compromising the integrity of the road above, Petersen confirmed. Egros agreed the main concern was the large number of 18-wheelers that travel the interstate being diverted onto .

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Retaining walls solve many landscaping problems - Chillicothe Gazette

Chillicothe Gazette

Retaining walls solve many landscaping problems
Chillicothe Gazette
There's very little difference in cost per square foot of wall face between small and large blocks. Once you've built a retaining wall and see how nice it looks, you'll want to build more. Picking the right block is an important step, as your yard will .

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MIRI: The retaining wall of a drain at a residential area in Padang Kerbau here is coming apart, and one affected resident is worried his front porch may follow suit...


Retaining wall, garage wall collapse in midtown Omaha - Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald

Retaining wall, garage wall collapse in midtown Omaha
Omaha World-Herald
City officials were investigating the collapse early Tuesday of a retaining wall and an apartment parking garage's back wall in midtown Omaha. No injuries were reported in the 3:10 a.m. collapse near South 38th and Jones Street. Thank you for reading .
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SUV launches off a 30-foot retaining wall during crash - KCCI Des Moines

SUV launches off a 30-foot retaining wall during crash
KCCI Des Moines
Investigators said Stephenson then drove over a median, hit a sign and drove down an embankment launching off a 30-foot retaining wall ending up in a Nobbies store parking lot. Paramedics took Stephenson to the hospital with serious but non-life .

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$332k contract signed to fix retaining wall
The Ministry of Communications and Works inked a $332,485 contract Thursday to replace a retaining wall and restore a strip of road in Thomas Land that was damaged in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Otto in 2010. During a brief ceremony at the Premiers ...


B&D Rockeries Talks Style, Materials, and Function For Retaining Walls in . - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

B&D Rockeries Talks Style, Materials, and Function For Retaining Walls in .
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The newly released article from B&D Rockeries piggy-backs on another helpful article about retaining wall styles, moving on to address the best choices for retaining wall materials and design. The article talks about the planning, preparation .

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Northport seeks alternative funds for sewage plant retaining wall after FEMA . - Newsday

Northport seeks alternative funds for sewage plant retaining wall after FEMA .
Newsday
Hours before superstorm Sandy's worst winds hit Long Island two Octobers ago, Northport Village workers scrambled to build a plywood retaining wall to keep the sewage treatment plant from flooding. The work saved Northport Harbor from being flooded .

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Wabush homeowners say retaining wall is a development disaster
A letter was sent to 80 homes on one side of Snow's Drive in the western Labrador town, alerting them that a retaining wall that was built in their backyards by the developer could collapse. "The wall was not requested by the town EUR” nor am I aware of any permits that were pulled for that wall," he said...


Soil tests being carried out near Teratai Apartment as residents await green light to return home
The authorities will carry out soil tests near Teratai Apartment in Taman Bunga Raya, Bukit Beruntung today after more than 2,500 residents were evacuated yesterday following soil movement which caused a retaining wall to collapse. The Public Works Department and the Public Works Institute are expected to carry out the soil tests today before...


Karori Road retaining wall work finished
Work on the new Karori Road retaining wall was completed on Friday 17 October...


SUV launches off a 30-foot retaining wall during crash
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Wall damaged at Eugenia Falls
A retaining wall has been damaged at the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area...


Chesco project will raise flood wall
PHOENIXVILLE Phoenixville will get a check for $397,696 from Chester County on Wednesday for a project to prevent the Schuylkill from flooding the borough's water treatment plant, which would damage equipment and force the borough to rely on companies to get water to more than 20,000 people...


B&D Rockeries Talks Style, Materials, and Function For Retaining Walls in Snohomish County in Their Latest Article
The latest article from B&D Rockeries, a local family-owned landscaping business from Everett, WA, highlights for homeowners the options that are available for building a home retaining wall. (PRWeb October 17, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/b-d-rockeries/retaining-wall-material/prweb12245662.htm..


B&D Rockeries Talks Style, Materials, and Function For Retaining Walls in Snohomish County in Their Latest Article
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Driver pleads guilty to manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter
WHITE PLAINS EUR A New Rochelle man faces up to 15 years in state prison when sentenced next January to driving a car that struck a tree and retaining wall, resulting in the death of his passenger. Juan Barragan-Reyes, 23, pled guilty in Westchester County ...



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