09:52AM | 05/25/05
Member Since: 05/24/05
2 lifetime posts
My mom lives on the ocean in new jersey and she has a 50 year old cynder block retaining wall that is pulling away on one side and cracked both horizontally and vertically on the other side. She has interviewed a few contractors/ mason and each person suggests something different, apparently she is very confused and dosen't know who to go with. The job is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. so she wants to make sure it's done right and it hopefully will last another 50+ years. The walls surround a newer concrete patio on three sides which is level with the beach, so it gets alot of sand built up in the winter due to storms. Are these new concrete landscape blocks the way to go? I hear they never need painting and are heavier than cynder blocks?


06:18PM | 05/27/05
Member Since: 03/09/04
32 lifetime posts
Hello sbs1717,

If it were my place, I would definitely use wall units(segmental retaining wall blocks). I also install them for a living, so I am bias. Is there any threat of the ocean waves reaching the wall? If so, the wall should be built like a seawall. A professional wall builder would know this. And yes, retaining wall blocks are very heavy and very durable. They are the wall of choice in most cases.

George Nicula

Brickways, LLC


07:06PM | 06/22/05
Member Since: 05/24/05
2 lifetime posts
We have a structual engineer from a stone company that sells the blocks here in N.J. coming out to review the situation. the wall holds back the sand from the beach and is about 14' high ,below is the driveway. Only once that we aware of did the ocean come that far up the beach ,but the water just ran down the stairs along side the wall.No damage done!
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