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Gravity walls depend on their mass (stone, concrete or other heavy material) to resist pressure from behind and may have a ‘batter’ setback to improve stability by leaning back toward the retained soil. For short landscaping walls, they are often made from mortarless stone or segmental concrete units (masonry units). Dry-stacked gravity walls are somewhat flexible and do not require a rigid footing in frost areas.

Retaining Wall Blocks Show Advantages Over Cast-in-Place Walls

Retaining Wall Blocks Show Advantages Over Cast-in-Place Walls

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the June¬†2015¬†edition of Erosion Control.

Houston Zoo features retaining wall blocks are strong enough to withstand a gorilla.

Just as the citizens of San Juan Capistrano, CA, eagerly await the annual return of the swallows, residents of Houston, TX, have been anxious for gorillas to

Segmental Retaining Walls Come of Age

Segmental Retaining Walls Come of Age

Developed in the mid-1980s, reinforced-soil segmental retaining walls are increasingly used in shopping centers, in industrial and office parks, and along highways and waterfronts. In many cases they are supplanting the traditional workhorse solution: the reinforced-concrete retaining wall.

The designer-builder is often besieged with numerous technical questions: What sort of foundation?

More Than Just a Pretty Face

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Pavers can be made of concrete, shale, or polymer, and they come in individual stones as well as mats that can be laid mechanically or manually. The base is usually a minimum of 12 inches deep. The gaps between the pavers may be filled with gravel or topsoil seeded with

Meeting the Velocity, Meeting the Volume

Meeting the Velocity, Meeting the Volume

A group of property owners in the New Uri watershed, encompassing Florence, KY, began to complain to city officials about erosion from a 10-foot-high streambank that was taking a sharp turn in their neighborhood. The erosion was so significant that some property owners were losing their fences to cave-ins. From

The Cost-Effective Retaining Wall

The Cost-Effective Retaining Wall

These days, the function of a retaining wall isn’t merely to hold back soil or rock. They have come to serve a dual function of becoming aesthetically pleasing and blending into the environment while providing the necessary strength to do a proper job. Another benefit is that engineers and project

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Tough Hydroseeding Challenges

Vegetating Ski Runs Beautiful Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border and is situated approximately 40 minutes from Reno, NV, and a little over three hours from San Francisco. Near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, on the California side, sits the historic small town of Truckee, home of the Northstar

Waterworks Gardens

Seven years after it opened to public and industry accolades, Waterworks Gardens in south King County, WA, still attracts international attention for the way it turned stormwater treatment into a beautiful thing. A common goal at water treatment plants has always been to avoid being seen, heard, and most especially

Segmental Retaining Walls Come of Age

Developed in the mid-1980s, reinforced-soil segmental retaining walls are increasingly used in shopping centers, in industrial and office parks, and along highways and waterfronts. In many cases they are supplanting the traditional workhorse solution: the reinforced-concrete retaining wall. The designer-builder is often besieged with numerous technical questions: What sort of

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