This requires complicated construction skills which make them more expensive but highly effective for high loads. The type of ground on the property can have an impact on the type of construction and materials used. The method of retaining soil will depend largely on space available, budget and the type of division to be built on top of your retaining structure. Should any existing wall, fence or any other division between properties be taken away or adjusted higher or lower, make sure you consult with your neighbour first. When you plan on building water retaining walls, its probably a good idea you learn a little bit about how water retaining walls work and what you need to do to make sure they dont move, shift and are efficient at doing their job. When water saturates the soil it places lots of pressure on a retaining wall so you need make allowances for that. In some areas you can build the water retaining walls right on the ground, but in some areas you have to have a concrete footing installed first. This means that you have a lot of choice on what will match and enhance the look of your garden.
This means your boundary wall will double as a retaining structure and will have an impact on the design of the wall structure. It also means that an engineer has to be involved in your building project. Normally, this does not affect boundary walls so much, but if in doubt, consult an engineer or a contractor familiar with the area to ensure correct construction method and appropriate footings are used. Construction and calculation of the dimensions is not a very easy task and requires an expertise of a professional. To add stability, construct a concrete footing with the aid of professional excavators. Even if youre a skilled DIYer, you need to hire a professional if you want to construct this type of partition. They are also more economical compared to the other type of partitions. Stones are a great choice if you want to go for a natural look. A retaining wall is a great solution for a garden that is unevenly elevated.
The absence of the buttresses and the second lever arm is the reason of the decreased efficiency but not to a great extent for smaller walls. You may use buttresses to counter the heavier weights. The method you use to construct the retaining walls will depend on the area you live in. Retaining walls are very dependent on the foundation of the entire construction. The materials used in the construction dictates on how strong they are. They have a good general knowledge of standard building practices, problem solving and materials. They are also good with advice, problem solving and design related issues. This is also a good way of breaking the monotony one gets from a too long continuous wall surface. If building on a steep slope, you might want to level your ground to create a flatter, more usable ground surface. If there are roots in the way, a ground beam or lintels can be spanned from one column to the next. For instance, if the ground you are building on moves easily or compacts easily, you need to install a footing to keep the retaining walls in place, and avoiding having them sink. This way the pipe will not become clogged with more wet dirt, and keep the flow of water constant.
You can use perforated drainage pipe that runs alongside the wall, this way the water that normally goes into the dirt will find the pipe and flow away from your water retaining walls. One advantage of this type of wall is that they dont use much material because of its design. In this, the first of two articles, we will be discussing the initial planning phase, touch on whether you should do it yourself or use a contractor and discuss different costs you can incur with your boundary wall project. DIY or Using a Contractor In these financial trying times, we all try to save on any expenses. Using a contractor usually has its advantages. Slope of the ground: A steep slope will probably mean more concrete for foundations. What kind of bricks will be used, imperial or maxi’s, clay or cement or maybe concrete blocks? The kind you need depends on the soil of the area.
For instance if the soil has a lot of water in it, it will be heavier than dry soil. Most people that live near the beach, near levies or lakes should consider building water retaining walls around their homes. If, as previously mentioned, a retaining structure is to be incorporated, the fees of an engineer and extra material are to be added to your costs. Consult an engineer of expert in the field if trying to attempt this. This is why they are the best solution for walls that are 25 feet or more. These walls are built in such a way so that the water flows away from the walls and away from the home, and wont cause water damage during a storm or an elevation of water levels. You shall also have to allow for drainage of storm water damming up behind the wall (See Techniques and Processes next week).