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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Car runs into retaining wall in Columbia - ABC17News.com

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Car runs into retaining wall in Columbia
ABC17News.com
Deon Jones was driving a friend's car when he crashed into a retaining wall behind the Thirsty Turtle. Officer Gamal Castile with the Columbia Police Department said the accident may have been partly caused by excessive speed. "The driver tried to .

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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...


Sharpsburg police save man trapped in car, teetering on edge
Sharpsburg police officers are credited with saving a driver's life after his car teetered over a retaining wall...


Bethel Resident Gives Update on Hickok & Maple Ave. Development
It would call for 5 large-scale buildings with huge retaining walls and over 70 units. It would be cut into the side of Hickok and hover over the surroundings homes with an entrance on Hickok. This development is hiding behind affordable housing statute 8 ...


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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Portion of Lodge Freeway in Detroit to close for wall repairs
A portion of the Lodge Freeway in Detroit will close this weekend for wall repairs. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said the retaining wall between Meyers and McNichols needs to be fixed for safety reasons. Closures will being at 8 a.m ...


Wall to protect AP capital on cards
The officials of irrigation department are proposing to construct the retaining wall for Krishna River, if the capital city is constructed riverfront. Following the directions of state government, the Krishna district irrigation department is preparing ...


Devou Park: Western Avenue shut down as crews start retaining wall project - WCPO

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Devou Park: Western Avenue shut down as crews start retaining wall project
WCPO
The main entrance to Devou Park could be reopened by the end of the year if crews can repair a retaining wall that collapsed in March in time. Great Lakes Construction will have to shut down Western Avenue to through traffic to accommodate the project.

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Woman killed in crash on Hwy. 101/I-680 connector ramp - KTVU San Francisco

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Woman killed in crash on Hwy. 101/I-680 connector ramp
KTVU San Francisco
The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Honda lost control of the vehicle while transitioning onto northbound I-680 from northbound Highway 101, causing the vehicle to crash into the concrete retaining wall, the CHP said .
Woman dies in San Jose crashSFGate
San Jose: Passenger killed in freeway ramp collisionContra Costa Times

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Failing retaining wall forces closure of Brattleboro road
BRATTLEBORO -- Public Works Director Steve Barrett said Lower Green Street is going to remain closed while engineers determine the extent of the damage to the enormous retaining wall that supports the street...


16 Curb Appeal: Installing a stone retainer wall
Our 16 Curb Appeal project is making good progress. Crews removed a tree and the old shrubs. And now it's time for the installation of new plants...


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 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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Rowlett woman, 19, dies in one-car crash in Garland
Staff writer Paige Kerley reports: A 19-year-old woman died Wednesday night after hitting a retaining wall on a highway in Garland. Katie Hornung of Rowlett was headed south at the Interstate 30-Bush Turnpike interchange about 11 p.m. when she crashed into ...


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...


Car runs into retaining wall in Columbia
A man is recovering after the car he was driving ran into a retaining wall in Columbia. It happened around 11:30 Saturday morning. Emergency crews responded to a car crash on Business Loop 70. Deon Jones was driving a friend's car when he crashed into a ...


Refurbished Union Twp. pond sparkles
Refurbished Union Twp. pond sparkles Upgrades to the pond at Veterans Memorial Park include a higher water level and a retaining wall along its perimeter. Check out this story on cincinnati.com: http://cin.ci/1suVBWU..


Western Ave. shut down for retaining wall work
The main entrance to Devou Park could be reopened by the end of the year if crews can repair a retaining wall that collapsed in March in time...

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...


Water gushes through cracked retaining wall on SW Freeway
HOUSTON -- Water gushing out of a cracked retaining wall on the Southwest Freeway caught the attention of drivers on Wednesday. The cracks running across and down the wall between Dunlavy and Shepherd had some people concerned about a collapse. Texas ...


Western Ave. shut down for retaining wall work
The main entrance to Devou Park could be reopened by the end of the year if crews can repair a retaining wall that collapsed in March in time...


Homeowners Choose the Style of Retaining Wall that Best Suits Them in Recent . - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)

Homeowners Choose the Style of Retaining Wall that Best Suits Them in Recent .
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
To help homeowners narrow down their ideas of style and taste, B&D Rockeries provides descriptions of what they consider to be basic retaining wall templates to help designers judge which style of retaining wall will best suit them. EURśWe've built quite .

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16 Curb Appeal: Installing a stone retainer wall
Our 16 Curb Appeal project is making good progress. Crews removed a tree and the old shrubs. And now it's time for the installation of new plants...


16 Curb Appeal: Installing a stone retainer wall - WNDU-TV

16 Curb Appeal: Installing a stone retainer wall
WNDU-TV
Our 16 Curb Appeal project is making good progress. Crews removed a tree and the old shrubs. And now it's time for the installation of new plants. Mark Linton from Linton's Enchanted Gardens showed us how to build a flower bed with a stone retaining wall.

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Sharpsburg police save man trapped in car, teetering on edge
Sharpsburg police officers are credited with saving a driver's life after his car teetered over a retaining wall...


Dirt wall in Lowell community is a nuisance EUR but how will it be fixed?
A sloping dirt wall towering over a portion of a Lowell retirement community has been deemed a public nuisance by a city code enforcement officer...



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