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Wall job

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tthomass, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    So I've sold my first wall job............its on a steep hillside on a lake to support a driveway (guy has a nice old 57' Chevy and a new Corvette). All together about 120' long and as high as 15' in some places wrapping around into the hillside. I've never built anything this big.........just small dry stack landscape walls..........this is a block wall. I read a lot on the internet and in books of how to do it so I feel confident and plus I'll get to play with a backhoe to dig out. I've never used on of those either but I grew up rid'n motorcylces and 4-wheelers and been around lots of mowers and so on so it can't be much more complicated. I figured about a week for me and a couple guys to do the job.

    I do have one question........some places I read about geograde and wondered if you thought it was really needed or not?

    Also any tips would be great.........thanks!!:)
  2. Xylem

    Xylem LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I can only hope that you are trolling.
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    I'm sure the architect will let you know if you need it or not. :rolleyes:
  4. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    In responce to your question about geo-grid! If you dont know what it is you sure as hell have no place builing a wall like this. This is one hell of a wall with a surcharge it should be enginered and built by some one who know what the hell they are doing. Great liability your wall falls down while the guy is driving his vette by:hammerhead: This is no job to learn on, guys like you taking on jobs like this is the reason us pro's have to pay the high premium for insurance. By the way, after i watch some more tv tonight im going to perform brain surgery tomm.:laugh:
  6. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    Why couldn't you first pick a simple 2 or 3 block high flower bed wall to practice on. :laugh:
  7. DreamscapeDesigns

    DreamscapeDesigns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Coming from a 15 year master landscaper who holds a masters in civil engineering,, PLEASE do not do this wall.............. It is not a matter of if you will fail, YOU WILL FAIL.... At some point down the road, this is going to be a huge nightmare for you and the client.... SUB it out..
  8. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    heres some very important words for you-------ENGINEER------LIABILTY-----EXPERIENCE-----LAWSUIT------ACCIDENT------and the list goes on,sub it out and work with the contractor and maybe get a CLUE
  9. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

    You said its sold. how do you sell something when you dont know how to do it. If you dont know how to do it how did you figure our costs to get an install price.
  10. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Hope we got thru to this guy!

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