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.

 

Retaining Wall News:

 

Should aldermen make Oak Hill homeowner remove his retaining .
Ellen Ishkanian has a story in the Globe today about a Lovett Road homeowner who built an elaborate retaining wall in his year without obtaining the required special permit and engineering approval from the city...


Retaining wall partially collapses; family blaming Rea Road widening project.
The Stojanovic family has lived in their Charlotte home on Twynham Lane since 1996. They say their backyard - with a pool and basketball court - was one of their favorite places until this week when a retaining wall partially collapsed...

Kentlands association was preparing for repairs before retaining wall collapse - Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online

Kentlands association was preparing for repairs before retaining wall collapse
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online
A retaining wall in the Kentlands community recently collapsed forcing two homes to be condemned. The wall has been sured up and a pair of workers were seen stacking the fallen stone on Tuesday morning, along Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg.

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Bucks Co - Fleecy Dale Rd Project
updated December 4, 2013 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation closed Fleecy Dale Road between Fretz Mill Road and Route 32 (River Road) in Solebury Township, Bucks County, for the construction of a new 300-foot retaining wall to stabilize and support the roadway.                                   In conjunction with this closure, PennDOT today reopened Fleecy Dale Road between Fretz ...


Kentlands association was preparing for repairs before retaining wall collapse
Last week, when a Kentlands community retaining wall partially collapsed, the neighborhood association had been working on a repair plan for about a year. According to Kentlands Citizens Assembly meeting minutes posted online, talks about the walls ...


Wall collapse leads to closure of Mont. Co. road
A retaining wall collapsed near Gaithersburg on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of three people from two homes and forcing the closure of a road...


Retaining wall collapses - Southeast Missourian (blog)

Retaining wall collapses
Southeast Missourian (blog)
This might have been "earth-shaking" news. When a retaining wall collapsed at Morgan Oak and Spanish streets, G.D. Fronabarger recorded the scene with his camera. We don't know if the photo made the newspaper so we don't know when it was taken.

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Shea Concrete ReCon Retaining Wall Completed for Massachusetts Nonprofit
Retaining Wall Project Now Finished for Opportunity Works Facility (PRWeb March 31, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11720133.htm..


Retaining wall collapse in Gaithersburg forces evacuation of two homes -- Gazette.Net
This story was updated at 12:30 p.m., April 1, 2014. Two homeowners had to evacuate their homes after a retaining wall just steps from their properties gave way along Quince Orchard Road Sunday...


Retaining wall partially collapses; family blaming Rea Road wide - WBTV 3 . - WBTV

Retaining wall partially collapses; family blaming Rea Road wide - WBTV 3 .
WBTV
They say their backyard - with a pool and basketball court - was one of their favorite places until this week when a retaining wall partially collapsed. The family believes the Rea Road widening project, which is happening right behind their property .

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Wall collapse leads to Montgomery County road closure
A retaining wall collapsed near Gaithersburg on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of three people from two homes and forcing the closure of a road...


Project on illegal footing, city says
In a city where officials say people are too often building first and asking permission later, Albert Pinkhasov and the $240,000, three-tiered retaining wall he built in his backyard in Newtons Oak Hill section could be where the line in the sand is drawn...


Retaining wall collapse in Gaithersburg forces evacuation of two homes -- Gazette.Net
This story was updated at 12:30 p.m., April 1, 2014. Two homeowners had to evacuate their homes after a retaining wall just steps from their properties gave way along Quince Orchard Road Sunday...


Project on illegal footing, city says - Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Project on illegal footing, city says
Boston Globe
In a city where officials say people are too often building first and asking permission later, Albert Pinkhasov and the $240,000, three-tiered retaining wall he built in his backyard in Newton's Oak Hill section could be where the line in the sand is .

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Man killed riding ATV over retaining wall in Grant County
A Lancaster man was killed on Thursday after he drove an all-terrain vehicle over a three-foot high retaining wall...


Wall collapse leads to Montgomery County road closure (Photos)
A retaining wall collapsed near Gaithersburg on Sunday, forcing evacuations and a road closure...


Retaining wall construction can be backbreaking labor
Q: Its time to landscape my backyard, which is currently dirt. I have a 2-foot-high bluff where Id like to put a retaining wall, but Im uncomfortable with masonry work. Ive seen stackable blocks in stores and wonder if they would be suitable ...


Shea Concrete ReCon Retaining Wall Completed for Massachusetts Nonprofit
Retaining Wall Project Now Finished for Opportunity Works Facility (PRWeb March 31, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11720133.htm..


Retaining wall partially collapses; family blaming Rea Road widening project.
The Stojanovic family has lived in their Charlotte home on Twynham Lane since 1996. They say their backyard - with a pool and basketball court - was one of their favorite places until this week when a retaining wall partially collapsed...


Wall collapse leads to closure of Mont. Co. road
A retaining wall collapsed near Gaithersburg on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of three people from two homes and forcing the closure of a road...


Section of retaining wall near levee collapses - Citizens Voice

Section of retaining wall near levee collapses
Citizens Voice
KINGSTON - A fallen section of a retaining wall next to the levee does not affect the flood system's structure but needs to be repaired quickly, Kingston Administrator Paul Keating said. A section of the privately owned wall fell Sunday close to the .

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