I have a 18 year old cinder block retaining wall that is now cracked and leaning. I have dug out the back of it, there were no weep holes, no gravel backfilled, but it was on footers. I need to know how to push it back into place and add vertical support, can't really afford to tear it down and start over
You can add "dead man" back into the bank (ground) to hold the wall once you have pushed it back. I had a poured wall about 30' which tapered from 8'-2'. Removed dirt fill, french drain, add gravel, two dead man ties and bearing plates on the outside wall face, 3/4" galv cable to anchor(guardrail). Lot of work and depending on the size the money spent might not justify the effort of tearing down and pouring or laying another with support(dead man).
Sometimes they just will not go back. The lean that is there now is the result of many years of slow and steady movement. While the obvious first step is to dig out completely behind the wall, that doesn't mean that it will just fall back into place. Often trying to push the wall back will result in more damage since you cannot put even pressure across the entire length of the wall. Other than installing lots of temporary braces across the face that can be wedged to move the wall a little at a time, odds are that the wall will get damaged. That's why most of these types of repairs result in tearing down the old and rebuilding with new.
This is the way to go. Noooo, not my company.
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