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Posted: 12 Sep. 2016,12:09 QUOTE

Hi
I am looking for some advice on creating a poured concrete retaining wall. The wall will be approx 600mm high, 200mm of which will be below ground level. The 400mm above ground is holding back soil on a raised border. The wall will be 11 metres long by 150mm wide consisting of a 5 metre straight section run and a 6 meter curved section. A few questions hopefully non too dense!!:
1.Can I form the wall straight off the sub soil, without the need for a separate footing?
2.What is the maximum length of wall you can have before you need an expansion joint?
3.Will a wall of this height need steel reinforcement bars and if so what thickness bars will I need and how should they be placed (horizontal/ vertical or both)?  I was contemplating driving 10mm thick steel bars into the ground at 400mm centres , but not sure if this the best way or even necessary.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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Posted: 12 Sep. 2016,18:07 QUOTE

Nigel
sorry to say this but you shouldnt be doing this without engineers drawings
rebar in concrete must be fully enclosed in the concrete or it will rust you will need a proper shuttering chippy and someone experienced at steel fixing and pouring concrete

we are doing one a bit bigger at the moment and the base footing is 1200 wide by 300mm thick with a 100mm kicker 2 layers of 393 mesh and L bars
the vertical is 250mm wide with 2 layers of mesh A393 again
all this and a land drain behind it
its complicated enough for experienced men

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Posted: 12 Sep. 2016,18:31 QUOTE

Thanks LLL for your quick reply. I wrongly assumed such a small wall wouldn't require engineers drawings and involve so much  reinforcement and a large base support.  It all sounds a bit beyond my skill set. Bricks it is!!

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Posted: 12 Sep. 2016,19:02 QUOTE

Nigel if you use bricks,make the footing wider rather than deeper ,so at least 450mm wide, I would use a concrete block at the back  and an F1 frost resistant  stock type brick at the front
weepholes every 900 mm are a must
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Posted: 12 Sep. 2016,20:08 QUOTE

Thanks very much for your advice LLL. I feel a plan coming together.
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Posted: 13 Sep. 2016,06:51 QUOTE

base for a  retaining wall i just built



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Posted: 13 Sep. 2016,18:16 QUOTE

its generally a structural affair eh Mark?
not for the faint hearted or DIY
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Posted: 13 Sep. 2016,18:48 QUOTE

steel mesh ready to shutter
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