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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The Benefits of Retaining Walls and Terracing
Retaining walls and terraces have been an essential part of land cultivation since antiquity. Today, installing retaining walls and terraces allows homeowners to landscape otherwise unusable land or uneven terrain for a variety of purposes. If you have a ...


Milton wall dispute heading back to OMB after more settlement talks
A dispute over a wall built on a rural Milton property will go before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after a hearing adjourned indefinitely in May is now being rescheduled following several additional weeks of settlement talks...

Property owner gets material to fill tire wall
BELLOWS FALLS -- Rockingham has issued a Golden Hill Road property owner a permit to fill a retaining wall of 1,200 tires in hopes it will help resolve a dispute the tire wall has sparked...


Natick board OKs $567K to fix retaining wall - MetroWest Daily News

Natick board OKs $567K to fix retaining wall
MetroWest Daily News
Deputy Town Administrator Bill Chenard said town officials would normally look at reducing the scope of the project, but they can't do that with a retaining wall that is falling down. They could also seek bids again, but the four bids the town received .

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Failed retaining wall forces Giles Co Rt. 460 lane closures
GILES COUNTY (WSLS)-- A failed retaining wall in Giles County has forced VDOT crews to close lanes on Route 460 between Route 61 and Route 643 (Stateline Road).The left westbound lane and left eastbound lane are closed through the one mile stretch known as "The Bluffs," between Rich Creek and Narrows. Crews are performing repairs on the damaged wall before the lanes can reopen.There's no exact ...


Covington City Commission considering bid to repair Devou Park wall
The city of Covington could agree to pay close to $2 million to repair a retaining wall that collapsed in March...


Milton wall dispute heading back to OMB after more talks
A dispute over a wall built on a rural Milton property will go before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after a hearing adjourned indefinitely in May is now being rescheduled following several additional weeks of settlement talks...


Bid to fix Devou Park retaining wall - WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Bid to fix Devou Park retaining wall
WKRC TV Cincinnati
COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) -- The problem that closed down a main road in Devou Park for months should soon be fixed. Covington commissioners considered a bid for reconstruction this week. The price tag was $1.9 million. The retaining wall on Devou Drive .
Devou Park: Replacing retaining walls after March mudslide expected to cost $2 .WCPO

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Retaining wall gets a safety upgrade - Woodinville Northwest News

Retaining wall gets a safety upgrade
Woodinville Northwest News
A project to replace the unstable retaining wall across from Costco and adjacent to Primus International will be complete by October. The original wall, which was constructed about 10 years ago, was at risk of falling because of the methods with which .

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Retaining wall contravening bylaw allowed to remain
A retaining wall thats been in place for 20 years, contrary to a city bylaw, is not going anywhere...


City Hall to hospital: stop wall construction
THE Cebu City Rivers Management Council (CCRMC) issued a cease-and-desist order against the construction of a retaining wall that Chong Hua Hospital is building. CCRMC Chair Jose Daluz III said the construction had to be stopped because it encroached on the Guadalupe River. The wall seems to be in the middle of the river. Daluz said there was misinterpretation in the construction of the ...


City Hall to hospital: stop wall construction
THE Cebu City Rivers Management Council (CCRMC) issued a cease-and-desist order against the construction of a retaining wall that Chong Hua Hospital is building. CCRMC Chair Jose Daluz III said the construction had to be stopped because it encroached on the Guadalupe River. The wall seems to be in the middle of the river. Daluz said there was misinterpretation in the construction of the ...


Creek project continues
Four years ago, part of Veterans Park was closed for repairs. This year, it will happen again. Part of the retaining wall along Spring Creek in the park will be replaced in an effort to stop erosion. If this wall isnt fixed, the rock, originally ...


What Is A Retaining Wall? - Wonderful Engineering
Different types of retaining wall work differently, however, the main consideration in designing and subsequently the working principle of a retaining wall is to overcome the pressure and moment being exerted by the entity that ...


Woman injured after car veers over retaining wall - Topeka Capital Journal

Woman injured after car veers over retaining wall
Topeka Capital Journal
A woman veered off a road and over a retaining wall in west Topeka early Saturday. Lt. Chuck Haggard of the Topeka Police Department said the driver appears to have taken off at high speed after an altercation with her boyfriend, and is suspected of .

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Damaged highway retaining wall has Carrollton's focus - New Philadelphia Times Reporter

Damaged highway retaining wall has Carrollton's focus
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Village officials, in their efforts to address the situation, recently hired surveyor David Bodo to determine the public right-of-way in regard to where the retaining wall structure meets the highway. WHAT TO DO? EURúCourse of action won't be determined .

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Commercial Gallery Constructed with Variety of Tilt-up Concrete Panel Forms
The project also included a combination of construction systems: tilt-up panels with slab design in two directions, tilt-up panels working as retaining walls with double-T beams, and tilt-up panels with concrete slabs in one and two directions. Galeria 360 ...


Damaged highway retaining wall has Carrollton's focus
Carrollton seeks a plan to repair or replace a damaged stone retaining wall overlooking a highway...


Causeway retaining wall research - The Times-Picayune

Causeway retaining wall research
The Times-Picayune
A.J. Adams, with the Causeway maintenance department assists the Texas A&M Transportation Institute as they test their guardrail designs at the nine mile mater turn around Wednesday July 9, 2014. The design research is part of an ongoing attempt to .

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Milton wall dispute heading back to OMB after more talks
A dispute over a wall built on a rural Milton property will go before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) after a hearing adjourned indefinitely in May is now being rescheduled following several additional weeks of settlement talks...


City wants hospital to demolish P1M retaining wall beside river
THE Cebu City Rivers Management Council (CCRMC) wants the P1-million retaining wall built by a private hospital in the city to be demolished. This, after they found out that the wall has encroached on the middle part of the Guadalupe River. Aside from that, the retaining wall...


Contractor working on wall to stop further tunnel collapse, says fire department
Repair work including building a retaining wall is being carried out to prevent further soil erosion in the underground tunnel which collapsed today at the intersection of Jalan Pudu and Jalan Hang Tuah, said the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department. Department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail said the contractor is likely to...


Failed retaining wall forces Giles Co Rt. 460 lane closures
GILES COUNTY (WSLS)-- A failed retaining wall in Giles County has forced VDOT crews to close lanes on Route 460 between Route 61 and Route 643 (Stateline Road).The left westbound lane and left eastbound lane are closed through the one mile stretch known as "The Bluffs," between Rich Creek and Narrows. Crews are performing repairs on the damaged wall before the lanes can reopen.There's no exact ...



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