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:

 

San Jose: Woman dies after being knocked off 101/I-680 ramp following crash
A woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was thrown over a retaining wall in a collision on the I-680/101 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol...


5 workers killed in Makkah as wall collapses
At least five construction workers were confirmed dead on Wednesday when a retaining wall at the Jebel Kaaba project in the holy city of Makkah collapsed, the Civil Defense Department said. Civil Defense rescuers and other workers, using heavy equipment ...


Sunnyside senior citizen finds solution to steep slope EUR simply add a wall
What started as a simple project to break up a 20 percent incline in his Upland Drive back yard has become an attractive 40-foot curved retaining wall complete with a 4-foot tall cedar privacy screen. EURśI could see it finished in my head even before I ...


Out with the old and crumbling
Jose Ortiz of Chucks Custom Concrete, Fremont, works on busting out an old retaining wall at the Steuben County parking lot thats across from the Steuben County Courthouse Annex on South Martha Street Tuesday. Work is being done on parking lots that ...


Retaining Wall Installation on Westlake Avenue (near the Fremont Bridge) - Ballard News Tribune

Retaining Wall Installation on Westlake Avenue (near the Fremont Bridge)
Ballard News Tribune
Throughout much of the month of September, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be installing a retaining wall on the hillside above the west side of Westlake Avenue North, about a third of a mile south of the Fremont Bridge (about a hundred .

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Crumbling retaininer walls worry Missoula residents
MISSOULA - Every spring we watch the rivers around Missoula rise - and for some homeowners we're watching how close water is getting to our backyards...


San Jose: Passenger killed in freeway ramp collision
A woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was thrown over a retaining wall in a collision on the I-680/101 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol...


Retaining wall goes up at Betty Wheeler Memorial Park
NEWPORT EUR” Workers from Newports public works and parks and recreation departments put up a retaining wall at Betty Wheeler Memorial Park last week. Public Works Director Tim Gross said there were concerns about the steep slope and people falling off the sidewalk, so they replaced an old wooden structure with the concrete retaining wall...


San Jose: Woman dies after being knocked off 101/I-680 ramp following crash
A woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was thrown over a retaining wall in a collision on the I-680/101 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol...


San Jose: Passenger killed in freeway ramp collision
A woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was thrown over a retaining wall in a collision on the I-680/101 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol...


Probe ordered into Makkah disaster that killed 6 laborers
 Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has called for an investigation after six construction workers were killed on Wednesday morning when a retaining wall at the Jabal Kaaba project in the city collapsed. The governor also set up a technical committee to determine the reason for the accident, said Maj. Gen. Jameel Al-Arbaeen, director general of Civil Defense Department in the Makkah region ...


Car Dangles From Unlikely Perch After Skid in Los Angeles - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.com

Car Dangles From Unlikely Perch After Skid in Los Angeles
NBCNews.com
It's the kind of maneuver you're more likely to expect of a skateboard: A car skidded up the concrete retaining wall after losing control and ended up precariously balanced on the top of an embankment on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles .

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Approach road, retaining wall, culvert proposed for bailey bridge - E-Pao.net

Approach road, retaining wall, culvert proposed for bailey bridge
E-Pao.net
Chandel, September 10 2014: Construction of bailey bridge over Chakpi River at Anal Khullen without an approach road, retaining wall and slap culvert has left the bridge in a poor shape, even though the construction work was completed within the .

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New wall for Rivermist
This month, builder and developer Centex completed a new rock-clad retaining wall between the Rivermist and Hills of Rivermist neighborhoods, and the city has started the process of inspecting and issuing certificates of occupancy for most of the 27 homes ...


Man killed after car strikes retaining wall on I-40 downtown - WKRN

Man killed after car strikes retaining wall on I-40 downtown
WKRN
His vehicle struck the rock retaining wall head-on. Ford, who was on his way home from work at the time of the crash, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died. Police said the tractor trailer did not stop. Information about .

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Crumbling retaining wall prompts closure of Lower Green Street
The Department of Public Works invites related questions at 802-254-4255. Originally published in The Commons issue #271 (Wednesday, September 10, 2014). BRATTLEBOROEUR”The Brattleboro Department of Public Works has closed Lower Green Street from Retting ...


PHOTOS: Retaining wall do-over - Kansas.com

Kansas.com

PHOTOS: Retaining wall do-over
Kansas.com
Workers reconstruct the retaining wall along the Arkansas River south of the Lincoln street dam. Heavy rains a year ago caused erosion to soil underneath sidewalk along the east bank just south of the dam. The contractor who build the retaining wall .

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Utility worker falls from ladder, hits wall
A utility worker was injured Wednesday when he fell from a ladder and hit a retaining wall, according to police...


Congress accuses PWD of duplicating tender works
Briefing mediapersons, Kamat said "The tender that has been issued for the repairing work of the retaining wall of Kashimath ground in Bandora, Ponda, is nothing but a case of duplication of tender. The development work of jogging park and retaining wall ...


Dredging, retaining wall to give Englewood residents relief from flooding - News 12 New Jersey

Dredging, retaining wall to give Englewood residents relief from flooding
News 12 New Jersey
Dredging, retaining wall to give Englewood residents relief from flooding. Updated September 5, 2014 8:24 PM. Officials in Englewood say they will be dredging a section of Overpeck Creek and Miller's Pond in the coming months, in an effort to minimize .

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Car Crashes Into Retaining Wall In Wilkinsburg - CBS Local

CBS Local

Car Crashes Into Retaining Wall In Wilkinsburg
CBS Local
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) EUR Police were on the scene of a crash where a car went into a retaining wall. It happened in Wilkinsburg near the intersection of Thomas Street and North Trenton Avenue. A male driver was reportedly trapped inside and unconscious .

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Probe ordered into Makkah disaster that killed 6 laborers
 Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has called for an investigation after six construction workers were killed on Wednesday morning when a retaining wall at the Jabal Kaaba project in the city collapsed. The governor also set up a technical committee to determine the reason for the accident, said Maj. Gen. Jameel Al-Arbaeen, director general of Civil Defense Department in the Makkah region ...


Cop 'slumped' during Auckland rush hour crash
A runaway police car with an officer slumped behind the wheel sounded like an "explosion" when it crashed through a wall and flew into trees in front of a house.The patrol car launched at least a metre into the air and into trees...



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