Lateral movement to concrete, cinder blocks,or brick retaining walls
We did these walls a few years ago with a white cement plaster called Lehigh’s white cement plaster when mixed with sand which is usually brown, the color appears sort of a whitish tan color, that veries with the amount of water applied, we were after old world charm.
Hello ambitious guys and gals, in this video I am explaining just the tip of the iceberg in regards to lateral movement in retaining walls, whether or not the retaining walls are made of concrete, cinderblocks, rocks, bricks or wood, with stucco, lateral movement should be considered throughly, and proper precautionary measures should be considered.
Such as the fact that when the rain starts and continues for a few days to say worst case sceneriao, months, the amount of water generates much added weight and especially which causes movement, retaining walls can move from an inch to a foot and sometime even collapse although rare.
Most of the lateral movement I have observed has been minor as in the wall in question in this video.
In fact the height and length of this retaining wall VS the amount of earth it’s holding back is what I would consider top of the line engineering combined with quality craftmanship, the fact that it has only shifted about a eight to quarter inch, seam a impressive feat of engineering to me at least.
Like on the site below to view some images of impressive buttresses, super cool pictures you will be impressed.
With a bit of attention with interest you too can connect the dots in understanding the basic principles or ideas of why retaining walls often hairline or crack.
Bottom line is lateral weight and or movements to concrete, cinderblock, or brick retaining walls with stucco or plaster as a top coat is like Kryptonite to superman. In my past 30 plus years I have seen very few really bad retaining walls, fact is most are only cosmetically bad but even with cracking, still structurally sound.
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The other 30% is application.
Kirk Giordano Plastering Inc.
Lateral movement to concrete, cinderblocks,or brick retaining walls
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