Retaining Wall Pictures!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by EagleLandscape, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
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    Ok guys, got some pictures taken of the wall so far.

    Spent all day Saturday excavating and a few hours on Sunday.

    12 hours yesterday and 14 hours today, and had 3 other guys helping me for alot of the time the past two days.

    Pictures can be found here...

    http://community.webshots.com/album/164711885YOFHBO

    Should wrap up the construction tomorrow as well as building a terrace to it at the top.

    Cleanup will take 2-3 days by myself though.


    SO far things that have gone wrong.

    Changed from 12.50 a yard of dirt to 26 / yd of gravel.
    Tracks have fallen off the excavator two days in a row.
    Blew roughly 20 fuses on the injector pump on the skidsteer.
    Ran out of fuel on the skidsteer, then had to spend 10 minutes undoing fuel lines to bleed the lines of air.

    Broke about 1.5% of the bags.
    Fell over while carrying a pallet and it landed on me (empty that is).

    Almost rolled the mini-ex 4 times, but caught myself.

    Fence post fell on someone.

    Other than those things everything has gone pretty smooth, and I can't wait to get this finished. Had about 6.5k in expenses and the total bill for the project was 14.5k
     
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thought you were going to be using CAT stuff?

    Unless you can NOT avoid it, avoid using NationsRent for that type of equipment.... I'd pitch a b*tch to them about the tracks falling off, sounds like poor maintenance to me. They need to give you a credit on that for lost time........

    I'll have to remember to NOT use an ASV....

    Looks good from what I've seen. Hope you thought to leave an exit route for the mini-ex!

    Do I need to remind you what proper PPE is for chainsaws???:rolleyes:


    Dan
     
  3. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
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    jwingfield2k,

    Did the ASV blow the fuses while trying to lift the bags of concrete (or other material) from the curb to the wall site?

    How far below the stream bed did you embed your course of bags?

    What is the soil class you are working in?

    How did you achieve soil compaction for your base course?

    What type of drainage system did you use behind the wall?

    Thanks
     
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Dan. I was going to use all CAT stuff, but now that its not raining here (after months of rain) everyone is getting back to work and it was going to be another two weeks before anything would be available.
    Yah, I've got the excavator till Saturday, so I'm gonna turn it in tomorrow and see if I can trade them for a dump trailer for the rest of the time (as payment for lost time due to the tracks).

    The ASV is a neat little machine, but I think I was pushing it pretty hard. I was taking the stuff down a 20*+ slope with a full load of gravel and it was VERY uneven terrain.

    Exit for the mini ex is down the creek by about 100 feet.

    earthtool:
    Yah it blew fuses when I put too much stress on the machine and the injector pump tried to pull too many amps.

    The foundation is 6-8" below grade.

    Used pea Gravel as a base.

    No drainage system because this is a segmented wall, but there is 30 yards of pea gravel behind it though. (if that says anything for its ability to pass water and release pressure.).

    But a drainage system isnt needed because the water will just slip through the joints between the bags.

    Oh well, I gotta mow my wednesday route today till noon, and then I'm going over to work more on that wall. I'll post some more pictures tonight.
     
  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
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    Here is the slope I came down to get from the street to the creek.

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  6. odorisio

    odorisio LawnSite Member
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    looks good dude!!

    you sound alot like me.... 13/14 hr days.. and good times at the end of the days.
     
  7. rednecktjr

    rednecktjr LawnSite Member
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    is that bags of quickcrete your using if so where did you get it and how much did it run you
     
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Its NOT quickcrete. It's General Purpose Concrete from TXI. Got it got like 2.42 a bag or so.
     
  9. rednecktjr

    rednecktjr LawnSite Member
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    i was just wondering because i work at a cement plant
     
  10. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Final pics!

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