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:

 

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...


After Sandy: Are we ready for the next big storm?
Two years later, would it? There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, from a nearly finished sea wall protecting two devastated Jersey Shore towns to a Long Island boardwalk rebuilt to serve as a retaining wall. New floodgates protect a power ...


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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...


Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair
After four years, construction on Route 28 is ending with an artistic flourish. Workers as of last week had completed installation of four of six art panels on a retaining wall, depicting the rich history of the area. The images were drawn from a time ...


Margao wall collapses, vehicles damaged
Margao: Incessant rains during the last two days in Margao triggered the collapse of a part of a retaining wall near a residential complex at Aquem, on Sunday morning, burying underneath the debris several two and four wheelers. No casualties were reported...


Wall damaged at Eugenia Falls
A retaining wall has been damaged at the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area...


Infrastructure Upgrades in N.Y., N.J. Since Superstorm Sandy
Long Island: New protections include a two-mile-long retaining wall beneath the rebuilt boardwalk in Long Beach, where nearly 2/3 of homes flooded. New Jersey: The states goal is to finish widening beaches along its entire 127-mile coastline by the end ...


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


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..


Storm brings heavy rain, flooding to southern NH
A sidewalk sinkhole, overflown detention pond and collapsed retaining wall are just a few of the problems associated with the nor-easter in the Gate City...


Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation added the art feature to a new retaining wall built parallel to the inbound lanes beneath Troy Hill. It commissioned artist Laurie Lundquist of Tempe, Ariz., to conceive the images. The art panels are 14 .

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SUV launches off a 30-foot retaining wall during crash
A Nebraska man is in the hospital after his SUV launched off a 30-foot retaining wall into a parking lot Monday. Omaha police said Lance Stephenson, 29, was driving a Jeep Cherokee around 12:15 a.m. on 120th Street near West Center Road. Police said ...


Site Last Updated 12:40 am, Saturday
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...


PennDOT EUR Route 225 in Dauphin County Peters Mountain Road to close starting Oct. 27
PennDOT set advanced signs Oct. 10 announcing that a section of Route 225, Peters Mountain Road, on the north side of the mountain will close on Monday, Oct. 27, as construction crews begin work to build a retaining wall in Halifax Township, Dauphin County...


Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair
After four years, construction on Route 28 is ending with an artistic flourish...


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 ...


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


Storm brings heavy rain, flooding to southern NH
A sidewalk sinkhole, overflown detention pond and collapsed retaining wall are just a few of the problems associated with the nor-easter in the Gate City...


PennDOT EUR Route 225 in Dauphin County Peters Mountain Road to close starting Oct. 27
PennDOT set advanced signs Oct. 10 announcing that a section of Route 225, Peters Mountain Road, on the north side of the mountain will close on Monday, Oct. 27, as construction crews begin work to build a retaining wall in Halifax Township, Dauphin County. Earlier this year, PennDOT Dauphin County maintenance crews installed drainage pipes [EUR¦]..


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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Route 28 retaining wall to bear artistic flair
After four years, construction on Route 28 is ending with an artistic flourish...



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