Archive for October, 2009

Retaining? wall.

Today’s question is:  How do I build a retaining wall? Pat’s answer is, not like this!

Retaining wall?

At least, I wouldn’t build a wall like this.  When I first saw it from a distance, I thought it was built of large timbers.  Then as I got closer, I thought it was large timbers reinforced with this wire grid.  But it ain’t.  Best I can tell, it’s dirt held in place with some fabric, nylon netting of the sort you see used to hold a modular wall wall in place, and the wire wrapping on the face of it.  This is about six feet high with that wood fence you see right behind the top edge, and paving for a commercial building right behind that.  It appears to have been here for a pretty long time, and so far is holding the world together OK, but the red dirt on each “shelf” or setback going up the wall are ant hills — they can’t be helping anything.

I’d be real curious to hear from any of you builders, or better yet, engineers out there as to your thoughts on this.  Have you ever seen one before?  Do you think you’ll ever see another?  How long do you think it will last?


Here you can see the ant hills better, and you can also see the outward cant of the wall.  I wonder if it”s moved to this position, or was this way from the start.  I’m quite certain the commercial building behind the fence replaced some old uneconomic structure and I’d guess the wall was done with the original development.  I’m surprised somebody in the re-development effort — the contractor, the engineers, the owner, the county, somebody — didn’t decide or require that replacement was in order.  Or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about and these wall are done routinely all over the place.