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Old 03-11-2013, 08:18 PM
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concrete footer for retaining wall

We are having pool put in. The pool company wants to pour a concrete footer for the wall instead of using rocks. Will this work? I have never done this with a concrete footer before. Please advise!!! The wall will be under 4ft high.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:12 PM
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Yes, but only if the concrete footer is installed on top of 4 feet clean beach sand for drainage, and concrete contains no less than 32% baking soda.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:50 PM
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Yes, but only if the concrete footer is installed on top of 4 feet clean beach sand for drainage, and concrete contains no less than 32% baking soda.

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What? Never heard of this.

where is the wall going? Is it holding the pool up?Or a raised beam pool?

And you can't just put in a concrete footer instead of doing a proper gravel base. Your concrete footer will still need a compacted gravel base.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:04 PM
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Also Hershey's chocolate chips help the aggregate slide over one another, but only the true dark chocolate... The milk chocolate can damage the whole mix.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:05 PM
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When you say "rocks" do you mean a rubble footer? So is this a drystacked stone wall?

jabailey, throw in 3% sugar and you have my mom's pancake batter.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:16 PM
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Man I thought you were kidding but I have also read some crazy sh*t on this site.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:45 PM
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No.this wall will not be holding the pool up. There is a slight slope to the yard so to build the pool level they have to put a small wall in to hold the dirt back. I jave never herd of this either. We usually use #57 stone as a base and then stack the blocks. It is not a dry stack wall. It would be a srw wall.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:29 AM
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I have heard it being done, to me its not needed, its a waste of money in my mind to pour all that concrete. A proper base with good drainage behind the wall and Grid if required will hold your wall no problem given you are using a properly sized srw system.
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No.this wall will not be holding the pool up. There is a slight slope to the yard so to build the pool level they have to put a small wall in to hold the dirt back. I jave never herd of this either. We usually use #57 stone as a base and then stack the blocks. It is not a dry stack wall. It would be a srw wall.
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Just curious, why do you use 3/4" clean stone (57s) and not the 3/4" minus (21A) that the specs call for?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:08 AM
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The pool company just said it would be easier to poor a dootwr since they would be pouring the concrete anyway. Probably helps that they own the concrete bussiness as well.

We use #57 and crush and run occasionally as well. No reason really. I distributor told us that would be fine. Never had any issues thus far. We have necer built one over 4ft tall either.
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