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I_wire

04:52PM | 07/02/03
Member Since: 07/01/03
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I just had a retaning wall installed and I noticed that the first course of blocks does not span the entire length of the wall. Should this be corrected or in this standard pratice? Should I be concerned about future problems? Each block weighs 98lbs a piece and are roughly 12"X6"

PaverPro

03:47PM | 03/10/04
Member Since: 03/09/04
32 lifetime posts
Hello I_wire,

If by "first course" you mean "base course", then it's certainly possible. If the ends or end of the wall terminates on a side-slope, then each course that goes up will terminate at a further point from the prvious course. The supportable wall is smaller with each row as you get closer to the top. As long as the soils under the unsupported blocks are compacted and will support the blocks, then you will most likely not have a problem. However, standard installation practices would mean having those end blocks buried into the ground more, so much more that you would not be able to see them without digging. At this point, the solution would be to add more soils at the end of the wall to bury those exposed ends.

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