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December 12, 2019
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How to Build a Concrete Retaining Wall 2020

Concrete Retaining Wall using 2*12’s You may have read our original blog on How to build a concrete retaining wall. This one will explain how to build a retaining wall part 2 using Doug Fir 2*12’s system. This system is used the majority of the time on our projects. Think of this retaining wall like an old school basketball court back in the ’70s. Where there were only hard fouls and if you hit the concrete wall you knew you were out of bounds. Also, the finish on this wall offers a unique wood look. Using this system also gives […]
November 3, 2019
How to build a concrete wall start to finish

Setting up Concrete Forms in the Bay Area

The importance of setting up concrete forms the right way Part of pouring concrete is setting up the forms. This part of the job is very critical. Concrete forms set up the wrong way are a recipe for disaster. Below you will see how it’s done the right way the first time. So when someone tells you, “THEY DO CONCRETE.” 1.Ask them can they build forms? [metaslider id=2476] 2.Do they use a laser? 3. What’s the true size of a 2*4*20? (That was on the contractor test…Smile) 4. What the difference between #8 and #16 nails? 5.What size re-bar will they use […]
December 5, 2019

How to Build a Concrete Retaining Wall

Waler Concrete Retaining Wall Forming System How to build a retaining wall: We won’t bore you with all the technical jargon that structural engineer’s use. Just know the waler forming system is one of the many ways to form a concrete retaining wall the right way. This slide show will walk you through the process. [metaslider id=3618] We start by drilling multiple  ¾ inch plywood  We drilled approximate 18 – 9/16 holes in ¾ inch plywood. (picture 1) Once concrete footing is poured we snap a couple chalk lines to place our footing plates using 2*4 doug fir. This allows us […]
November 6, 2019

Bay Area Concrete Contractor Shows there’s No “I” in TEAM

Its all about “TEAM” when working on your concrete!!! 1. Do they work as a “TEAM” ? 2. Can they set up concrete forms properly ? See what it takes to set up retaining walls right the first time. 3. Do they have experience to handle large projects ? Not only can we answer all the questions above. We can answer any questions that may come up during the project. Also, we’ll give you piece of mind knowing your project will be constructed using quality martial with a customer first attitude. It is important for us to maintain our stellar reputation,delivering the […]
August 18, 2019

Is compaction important for my retaining wall?

Compaction, Geo-grid , and proper drainage,  important factors that’s makes a retaining wall last forever.  IF ANY OF THE THREE IS NOT DONE CORRECT YOUR WALL WILL COME DOWN !!!! So What is Compaction? Compaction is the process of rearranging soils to consolidate the space occupied by  the soil particles while forcing out excess air and water. Why is it important? Properly compacted soils help to strengthen the internal strength of the soil mass by aligning the soil particles together and increasing the coefficient of friction when a load is applied to the soil, and reducing undesirable settlement. Most compaction must meet the the so called […]
January 20, 2014
How to install Drainage for concrete wall

Drainage: Does My Retaining Wall Need It

Drainage System and the importance of it… We all know the damage water can do. When designing a retaining wall there are many factors that go into it. One of the most important parts is a drainage system other’s include compaction, geo-grid and leveling pad some times called the footing   Without proper drainage this WILL happen and cost you this $$$$$$….. Notice no drain rock or drain pipe… No drainage: This will happen In order for any retaining wall to function properly and remain sound, a drainage system should be an integral part of the wall. Drain rock and perforated pipe […]
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