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Up for a Challenge?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Squizzy246B, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    This is a job that should have been done before the owners spent squillions on bull nose limestone construction. Anyway, its more of a logistical challenge than anything. The driveway is about 34 degrees up to the street. The old brick wall has cracked due to inadequate footings and ties, plus a lot of natural moisture coming out of the hillside.

    The hillside is practically solid limestone. We are installing a mass retaining wall in place which requires 3' 3" of room behind the face.

    Pic 1 (17) shows the lovely views the owners enjoy

    Pic 2 (18) is taken 90 degrees to the right of Pic 1 and shows the room we have to work in...or rather lack of it. I have done worse though.

    Pic 3 (19) shows the area above the brickwall as was before we ripped the place up.

    Pic 4 (23) gives a view of the wall (in the middle at the back above the water feature) and some risk for us when a rock rolls off the ledge.

    Pic 5 (32) shows the kink in the top of the old wall after we have started digging out.

    More to follow

    View 017.jpg

    Scene 018.jpg

    Top 019.jpg

    Bottom 023.jpg

    Crack 032.jpg
  2. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    Heres the next lot;

    Pic 1 (34) shows the working area. We pull out some spoil and then push it into the garage with the skid for backfilling. Some gets loaded out into our truck. The driveway is not for the faint hearted in the skid.

    Pic 2 (39). We are starting to expose the back of the wall. Thats not dust, its smoke coming off the tiger teeth.

    Pic 3 (41) Bit more digging

    Pic 4 (42) Just shows where we cut the old wall. The scarey part here is we still have to go down another 3' from the bottom of the bricks and we hit solid limestone just below.

    I'll post some more pics after the nose picker has done its magic on the limestone.

    Spoil 034.jpg

    Digging1 039.jpg

    Digging2 041.jpg

    Cut 042.jpg
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,929

    All I can say is.........Whoa!

  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    hope you are charging time and materials........

    that looks like a real headache......

    but at least you have a good view while working
  5. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    Ditto to the prior responses to this post Squizzy. I think the "pucker factor" would be rather large while doing that job. Keep us posted with pics on how this job progresses for you. Glad it's you and not me. Awesome view by the way.
    Take it easy
  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    I am charging this on time and materials, its my hourly rate that will give you the pucker factor:dizzy: .

    However, it will be a miracle if we don't break something. Steady Steady is the name of the game. I'll post a couple more pic's as we go.

    Just think it might have been a good idea to do this before all the construction work not at the end.
  7. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    Squizzy, how's the job coming?
  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Posts: 1,579

    Who did the water feature and block work around it?
  9. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    Kris, Most of what you can see is done by a guy we work with from time to time. He often hires our excavator, and/or we do all the heavy stuff, and he does the finishing. His designs can be very complex, and generally exist only in his head until its built. The round cornered stone is more expensive but well worth it I think.

  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    I really like that fake door or whatever it is ...looks great IMO

    Cheers to you too.

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