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Retaining wall glue removal

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by slammin, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. slammin

    slammin LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 12

    I am looking at a job to rebuild a smaller retaining wall. My big question is about removing the glued caps and looks like at least the top course is glued too. What is your experience in disassembly of a wall like this? Do I chisel them apart? Do I have to try and sell the customer half a new wall that wont match? Any input would be a great help. Thanks
  2. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Sort of depends on the quality of glue they used. I have seen some that will come off with a putty knife, and some that won't come off without taking pieces of concrete with it.
    You really would need to pop off a few peices with a chisel and see what's going on underneath.
    Hope this helps.
  3. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 132

    Bru is right. I usually use Brickstik or PL, both of which will basically peel off with a little help from a putty knife.
  4. slammin

    slammin LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 12

    Thanks for the advice, Ill take have to take a look..
  5. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

  6. btammo

    btammo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    P.I.T.A.....try to sell them a new wall. Figure in your extra time to take all that apart and it might not be that far off.

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