Bay Area retaining wall

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 […]
January 15, 2014

Geogrid: Do I need it for my Retaining Wall?

GeoGrid what is it ? Geogrid is a geosynthetic material used to reinforce soils and similar materials. Geogrids are commonly used to reinforce retaining walls, sub-bases or sub soils below roads or structures. Soils pull apart under tension. Compared to soil, geogrids are stronger in tension. This fact allows them to transfer forces to a larger area of soil than would otherwise be the case. Ok… Ok…. that’s the technical term…Hell I don’t even understand it (lol). You may have to cut the geogrid at different widths depending on the plans… When the weight of a retaining wall units along is […]
April 5, 2013

Retaining Wall footing… How important is it ?

Retaining Wall Footing For Block Wall A retaining wall footing or leveling pad is the most important part of the project. The footing varies depending on the type of wall you are building.  As you will see at the end of the video. Not doing it right WILL COST YOU A LOT OF MONEY PERIOD. Here is a quick checklist on what it takes to install a retaining wall footing the right way. Dig your trench for the footing . Width and depth depends on the type of block you are using 2. Apply and compact  base rock using a […]
March 15, 2013

Retaining Wall Construction Solutions San Ramon

Introduction This retaining wall construction project took place in San Ramon, California in the Windemere development. PROJECT AND DESIGN The project was a pretty simple design that the customer presented, together with some input from us.The design consisted of two tiered retaining wall system along with a 1,200 sq.ft of cobble stone pavers. THE CHALLENGES As with any retaining wall construction project challenges present themselves. 1. Remove approximately 100 yards of clay soil before the rain came. 2. Remove all of the dirt through a 3’6″ gate opening, which could not be removed.  It was a good thing our bobcat MT-52 […]