Originally Posted by alexschultz1
Dang i have always buried the first course. Now I can save some serious time on my next job!!
there's always something to learn
We bury the first course too.
Again, just to make myself clear, if there are pavers butting up to the wall - then I may spec the work where the 1st course is not entirely buried as the pavers will keep the block from moving. This is based on the wall being no more than 30" in height.
For the folks that are reading this and that are new to this stuff - it's important to know the reason why block is typically set 1" into the ground for every 12-inches of wall height. And that reason is to keep the wall from sliding forward (down the hill). Note: Sliding and "rotating" are two different things