Tuesday, February 8, 2005

The Retaining Wall

He started digging in June. The forms were built by July. Half of our backyard was covered in dirt 5' high.

When we had our home inspector come before we settled on the house, one of the big issues was that the back yard was falling over onto the neighbour's. And because our land is the higher one, it became our responsibility to do something about it. June was a beautiful month last year for gardening, but even better for digging a really big hole. The amount of work that Derek put into that wall is staggering. I'm still floored. One end of the wall is only about 3' tall, the middle of the wall (where the three yards (us and 2 neighbours) meet) is over 6', and the end of the wall is around 5'. Re-inforced with rebar and some kind of ties, a footing, and a huge amount of concrete!

I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Derek, my Dad, and Ella

the short end of the wall

the footing

man, I loved the dirt.

... so proud!

the finished forms

poured halfway...




Nick said...

Hey Derek - you're more than welcome to come build our retaining wall. Our problem is the neighbor's dirt coming into ours; I'm gonna have to research that thing about it maybe being their responsibility to do something about it... Wow, that's a lot of digging.

derek said...

Our home inspector said it was our responsibility, I'm not sure on the legality of it all. If your neighbour builds an ugly wall, you have to look at it though, that's better than dirt collapsing or a landslide. I think pouring the concrete in just over an hour was the hardest part, they give you 15 min. per yard, and it was 4.5 yards. I didn't clean the concrete off the forms, that was a big mistake, really hard to get the forms off.