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Overturning Retaining wall repairs

BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Overturning Retaining wall repairs

Overturning retaining walls on boundaries can be be costly to repair.

Points to consider

  • At which point is the wall beyond simple repair by means of  repointing the cracks
  • Council Building Authorities generally require an engineers inspection  certificate 
  • Public liability, safety and insurance

Retaining wall MomentsA.jpg

Don't let your retaining walls fall into a state of total disrepair.

Repairs to the wall shown in the photo are beyond simple repointing or filling in the cracks.

Processes & costs now  include:

  • Removing Plants & Soil  behind wall
  • Providing safe access along the pathway during demolition and rebuilding of new wall (see next diagram)
  • Skip bins, material placement,etc,etc 
  • Also please consult with your local council in regards to these things and approvals

 

New retaining wall details :-

Engineering_Details_Retaining walls.jpg

CaptainBuff
New Contributor

Re: Overturning Retaining wall repairs


BIM_Engineer wrote:

Overturning retaining walls on boundaries can be be costly to repair really?.

Points to consider

  • At which point is the wall beyond simple repair by means of  repointing the cracks when the owner realises...and sadly they never do
  • Council Building Authorities generally require an engineers inspection  certificate NO. It depends entirely on the wall and whether it is STRUCTURAL
  • Public liability, safety and insurance absolutely. Now everyone run our and get insurances in case a tile flies off your roof during a storm and kills someone

Retaining wall MomentsA.jpg

Don't let your retaining walls fall into a state of total disrepair. this is NOT disrepair...it was an inadequate design and failed. 

Repairs to the wall shown in the photo are beyond simple repointing or filling in the cracks. both of those options are COSMETIC only and have nothing to do with the STRUCTURAL reliability

Processes & costs now  include:

  • Removing Plants & Soil  behind wall
  • Providing safe access along the pathway during demolition and rebuilding of new wall (see next diagram)
  • Skip bins, material placement,etc,etc 
  • Also please consult with your local council in regards to these things and approvals

 

New retaining wall details :-

Engineering_Details_Retaining walls.jpg


You are either not an Engineer or a terrible example of one. Your information is veresimilitudinous if not completely erroneous. Mass concrete footings? This isn't the 80's mate. This post should be ignored guys, This reply will undoubtedly get me booted and thats said because II actually do know what Im talking about.
Josh
B Eng (Civil)

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Overturning Retaining wall repairs

Josh (@CaptainBuff)

 

It's fine to debate the merits of information provided, but please do not personally attack fellow Workshop members. I will refer you to our rules of participation that you agreed to when signing up to join the community.

 

The most important thing is to show respect to all Workshop members. Personal attacks are not on. Please treat others the way that you would like to be treated. This is a friendly, welcoming community where we encourage everyone to join in the discussion. 

 

Let me also welcome you to the Workshop community. It seems you have a great deal of knowledge and experience you can share. We look forward to seeing more of your posts soon, and trust that you will abide by our rules of participation in all future posts. 

 

Thanks,

 

Jason

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BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: Overturning Retaining wall repairs

@CaptainBluff As an engineer & Builder I've earned people's trust and respect
If you can't handle another Engineer providing better info, data and engineering details to the Battlers & Punters that's your problem.
CaptainBuff
New Contributor

Re: Overturning Retaining wall repairs

 

Fair enough, I'll give better information then.

 

Retaining Walls:

A retaining wall of this calibre needs to be designed in accordance with Australian Standard 4678:2002 Earth Retaining Structures. It also has to take into account the Building Code of Australia (namely Volume 2). Discussion with your Local Council/Shire will determine the applicability of these references, any additional or amended requirements that may be needed and the format they want the design presented in (it can be extremely pedantic).

 

IN SHORT: talk to your local council or go to their website as there will always be fact sheets there -----> figure out what the Council will want to see related to your project ----> go and see a structural engineer to design and sign off on the retaining wall drawing you want ----> take the design and all other requirements of your Local Council back to them for approval ----> pay for a Building License to undertake the works.

 

THEN...you can get a suitably qualified specialist in the retaining wall industry to build your wall for you. Unless you want to do it yourself in which case you will through default accept liability for damage or failure of it.

 

I do apologise if I hurt your feelings by actually being relevant FFS. 'Battlers and Punters' out there should be informed of their potential liability and how to handball it...not encouraged to run off designing whatever they think is right with half truths and misinformation.

 

I believe this may require an anonymous phone call to the IEAust and the MBA.

 

BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: Overturning Retaining wall repairs

@Captainbluff Seriously you are talking nonsense...Quote " 'Battlers and Punters' out there should be informed of their potential liability and how to handball it."  my advice to you  is to get some real site engineering experience, mate
I do structural repairs , and if you want to see how distressed the Batters & Punters get because everyone in the supply /chain build handballed the blame on to them, then get out from behind your desk and do structural repairs...
On site the buck stops with me and clients are very appreciative, over the internet my aim is to help them to avoid costly repairs FYI...The B&P just want a fair & decent job for which they have paid good money..get the gist



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