Tag: retaining wall blocks

Blocks used to form a retaining wall which is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil when there is a desired change in ground elevation that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil.

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

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part 2 of a 4-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

Formidable Retaining Wall Blocks Replace Withered Sea Walls

In Part Two of a four-part series on retaining wall designs, author Carol Brzozowski illustrates two examples where encroaching wave erosion threatens two families’ cherished shoreline residences. In each, Brzozowski describes how site-specific projects can incorporate the effectiveness of large retaining wall blocks as they are linked naturally into shoreline-shaped

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

These days, retaining walls are not only doing the job of keeping water and soil at bay and shoring up slopes and hillsides, but also are providing aesthetic value while doing so. Erosion control specialists throughout North America are choosing walls that serve multiple purposes and can be installed quickly.

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

A Gamut of Retaining Walls

These days, retaining walls are not only doing the job of keeping water and soil at bay and shoring up slopes and hillsides, but also are providing aesthetic value while doing so. Erosion control specialists throughout North America are choosing walls that serve multiple purposes and can be installed quickly.

Water and Walls

Water and Walls

Hurricane Sandy hammered the northeastern US in late October 2012. By the time Sandy reached Long Island, NY, it had been downgraded to “only” a superstorm. Nevertheless, it has been estimated that the resultant tidal surges, high winds, and heavy rains condensed what would have been roughly 30 years of

Protecting Ocean Avenue

Protecting Ocean Avenue

The city of Newport, RI, had an existing section of retaining wall along the famed Ocean Avenue that needed to be replaced to ensure continued safe operation of the roadway. The failing 300-foot-long wall was built during the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration program. It was a

Retaining Walls: The Inside Story

Retaining Walls: The Inside Story

Retaining walls are typically built to stabilize an unstable or eroding slope, or to create more usable level land. Numerous options are available in terms of wall type, size, strength, and appearance. Two keys to avoiding retaining wall failure are proper soil stabilization and proper drainage behind the wall. Left

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