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Old 01-13-2009, 03:38 PM
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collapsed wall

I just received a phone call from a new customer that had a 15' section of a 10' high retaining wall collapse. He says the wall is about 20-30 yrs. old and was existing when he bought the property. He is going to send me some pics this evening.
I install 98% water features and 2% land/hardscaping. I have built one kind of large wall before with clips and goetextile. Rather enjoyed it, cause we usually build retaining walls/areas with 1-2 ton boulders, instead of using the exact sized block.
Anyways, my questions are, is a section of wall able to be replaced or do I have to tear out a certain amount? Also I mentioned the use of clips/pins, gravel and geo textile to the homeowner. I told him straight up "I" won't stack it back together without the use of clips, geotextile and gravel or it will fail again. For all I know is it might've had these components, won't know til Friday @ 9:00. Did these exist 20-30- yrs ago? He has a patio on top of the area that's being retained, along with alot of plumbing in ground. He says the plumbing is 10'-15' away from the wall thou (thank goodness).Some heads up would be nice.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:57 PM
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You should talk to an engineer for a wall that size. You will most likely need a building permit, also.
Any wall that size is a complicated build, and my guess is that you will need to start from scratch.
I would be interested to hear more when you get pictures, as most of the old walls that I've seen were not built to today's standards.
Good luck with it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:40 PM
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Whats the total length of wall? Pics of course are best. I would GUESS that in order to fix the entire situation may require a complete redo. If its failing there is that the same problem awaiting elsewhere....
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:06 PM
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Whats the total length of wall? Pics of course are best. I would GUESS that in order to fix the entire situation may require a complete redo. If its failing there is that the same problem awaiting elsewhere....
I agree, definitely would be nice to see some photos of it
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:18 PM
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well just checked email and no pics yet. I'll get pics myself Fri. morning if homeowner doesn't send them.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:23 PM
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here is the first one I built.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:55 PM
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what are the steps to getting an engineer there? Does he require a fee from the homeowner?
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:21 AM
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Either the homeowner or from you. They generally start off at $300 and one my friend uses charges $.50 a sqft average. Talk to some hardscapers and builders to get an engineer out here. I would assume they are slow at the moment as we are unfortunately.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:31 AM
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I was about to do a wall for some one last year, it was about 200 ft long and was a tiered wall, the first section was 6ft high and the other was about 31/2 high, I had my local nusery who i use he also is a designer, he came out and said he knows a enginer since I needed one, If I remember correctly it was about 5gs just for him to come out and tell me how to do it, I also needed the town involved and permits, again don't quote me on the price it was a while ago, but it was high, the job would have been well over 100gs due to location it would have been a nightmare. the homeowner then realized they couldn't afford it. good luck
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:02 AM
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Some SRW manufacturers have either on staff engineers who will work with you (you will still need approval from a local eng.), or will provide you with the name of an engineer in your area.
Make sure that the one you choose has some familiarity with SRW's.
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