Lateral movement to concrete, cinder blocks, or brick retaining walls
A few years ago, we did these walls 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 varies with the amount of water applied. But, again, 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 thoroughly, 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 scenario, 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 sometimes 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 are what I would consider top of the line engineering combined with quality craftsmanship, the fact that it has only shifted about an eight to quarter-inch, seaman 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.
The 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 the past 30 plus years, I have seen very few nasty retaining walls. The fact is most are only cosmetically bad but even with cracking, still structurally sound.
Stucco or life, according to Kirk, says material knowledge is 70% of being a well-rounded stucco guy,
The other 30% is application.
Kirk Giordano Plastering Inc.
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