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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Retaining Wall Collapse Closes Part Of Riverview Avenue
BELLEVUE (KDKA) EUR” A collapsed retaining wall has closed down a section of Riverview Avenue in Bellevue. According to an advisory from the borough, the road will be closed between Roosevelt and Division Avenues until further notice. A large portion of the ...


Bettendorf continues to delay action on Stafford Creek reshaping
In 1989, Andy Johnson stood atop his property at 3895 Tanglefoot Court in Bettendorf and inspected his three newly installed retaining walls built to halt erosion above Stafford Creek...


Two girls hurt when retaining wall falls in Fitchburg - Sentinel and Enterprise

Two girls hurt when retaining wall falls in Fitchburg
Sentinel and Enterprise
FITCHBURG -- Two young girls were sent to area hospitals when a retaining wall behind 51 Pine St. collapsed Saturday evening, according to Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo and acting Police Capt. Linda Swears. They said the girls were playing on the .

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No One Injured After A Truck Hits A Wall Along 9th Avenue North in St. Cloud [PHOTOS]
Witnesses say another vehicle cut off the truck on 9th Avenue, which then bounced off the median before crashing into a retaining wall. Tow trucks were on scene to take the truck away. No one was hurt in the crash. More information is expected to be ...


RETAINING WALL PROJECT ON U.S. HIGHWAY 101 NORTH OF GAVIOTA TUNNEL BEGINS NEXT MONDAY
A project to perform maintenance on a retaining wall on U.S. Highway 101 from south of the Nojoqui Summit to north of the Gaviota Tunnel will begin on Monday, April 14...


Bettendorf continues to delay action on Stafford Creek reshaping
In 1989, Andy Johnson stood atop his property at 3895 Tanglefoot Court in Bettendorf and inspected his three newly installed retaining walls built to halt erosion above Stafford Creek...


WSLS investigates flaws in South Peak wall
After wall repairs this February, the South Peak construction site is a focus of many. WSLS viewers have raised concerns over cracks in the retaining wall. We wanted to find out if there is cause for concern. WSLS met with Virginia Western Dean and geologist John Anderson at the site to get his expert opinion. He says a crack over time can weaken the retaining wall. "The force of the material ...


Minivan goes off the road, gets stuck in trees
(NECN) - A woman driving her minivan in Worcester, Mass. ran off the road, over a retaining wall, down an embankment and into some trees Wednesday morning. Photo courtesy: Telegram.com Worcester Police responded to a call that came in at 9 a.m. The minivan ...


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...

ASK THE LAWYER: Responsibility for repairs depends on which side of your property line retaining wall sits
Dear Jeff: There is a retaining wall that is in need of repair between our neighbors property and ours. It looks like the wall was built with bricks that match their home (and additional timbers), but they contend that the repair costs should be ours ...


The Bristol Post commented Bristol City Council's 1 million repair headache revealed
BRISTOL City Council has discovered 30 bridges, retaining walls and cellars throughout Bristol which urgently need repairing, with estimated costs spiralling to more than 1 million.Officials have cordoned off the structures with barriers, fencing or cones to prevent people being put at risk EUR but it seems there isn't enough money in the coffers to carry out all of the repairs.A council report ...


Demolition Work Underway On Crumbling Retaining Wall in Kingston
Kingston-Luzerne County - Demolition work is underway at the scene of a crumbling retaining wall in Kingston...


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Demolition Work Underway On Crumbling Retaining Wall in Kingston
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Kingston-Luzerne County- Demolition work is underway at the scene of a crumbling retaining wall in Kingston. A back hoe began digging out metal poles and other debris this morning at the rear of South Dawes Avenue. The project became necessary after a .

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Greenfield man hurt by falling block raises Northampton officials' concern about aging retaining walls under railroad bridges
NORTHAMPTON EUR” It has been nearly one month since a large concrete block fell out of the retaining wall near a downtown underpass and injured a Greenfield man, and the block is still sitting where it fell in a parking space beside Main Street. The block ...


Officials, PennDOT spar over retaining wall
EAST PENNSBORO TWP. EUR” The townships board of commissioners Wednesday are alerting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to what the board sees as a public safety concern in the departments $20 million project replacing a traffic bridge over ...


Two girls hurt when retaining wall falls in Fitchburg
FITCHBURG -- Two young girls were sent to area hospitals when a retaining wall behind 51 Pine St. collapsed Saturday evening, according to Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo and acting Police Capt. Linda Swears. They said the girls were playing on the concrete ...


Kentlands association was preparing for repairs before retaining wall collapse -- Gazette.Net
Last week, when a Kentlands community retaining wall partially collapsed, the neighborhood association had been working on a repair plan for about a year...


Retaining wall construction can be backbreaking labor - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Retaining wall construction can be backbreaking labor
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Q: It's time to landscape my backyard, which is currently dirt. I have a 2-foot-high bluff where I'd like to put a retaining wall, but I'm uncomfortable with masonry work. I've seen stackable blocks in stores and wonder if they would be suitable .

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Demolition Work Underway On Crumbling Retaining Wall in Kingston
Kingston-Luzerne County - Demolition work is underway at the scene of a crumbling retaining wall in Kingston...


Two girls hurt when retaining wall falls in Fitchburg
FITCHBURG -- Two young girls were sent to area hospitals when a retaining wall behind 51 Pine St. collapsed Saturday evening, according to Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo and acting Police Capt...


Public pushes back | Talus preliminary plat not a slam-dunk
This conceptual plan of Talus Parcels 7-9 shows dozens of retaining walls that are recommended for the project. Talus residents are skeptical of the plans for Parcel 7, which would require one retaining wall that is almost 800-feet long and 48-feet high at its highest point...



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