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ICF Insulated Concrete Forms, anybody use 'em

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by uglytruk, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. uglytruk

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    I have to rebuild a 150' x 6' high retaining wall. I'm reviewing all the possible ways to do it. Stackable retaining stones, crane/4000lb "redi-rock", call concrete form guys, or build it outa' "lego blocks" and pump concrete. Access is good, will post pix to-nite.... anybody have feedback? I'll be having a local contractor excavating, etc, and my guys can do the Insulated Concrete Forms.
    Been to an AARX seminar, so have a clue... :rolleyes:
     
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    We used to use telephone poles cut to length. Depending on your application, it could be a cheap and easy way to build your retaining wall.
     
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    Right now there are oak railroad ties. Pix to follow...
     
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    Here's what's falling downnnnn...

    A couple of views, left-over stones from another wall...

    PH retng wall, steel door, rust f tank 008.jpg

    PH retng wall, steel door, rust f tank 012.jpg

    PH retng wall, steel door, rust f tank 006.jpg
     
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    havent used them, but then you are goning to have the foam showing, how about doing the decorative concrete block? ya can do keystone or unilock, both have prooven good in my applications, only thing is the keystone blocks are eaten by rock salt over time. another thing is doing a footing then putting in rebar rods upright with decorative cinder blocks, or even regular ones. if ya go with the cinderblock, i would run a perpendicular support about every 8' only going into the back about 4', starting at 1/3 wall height, and only brining that up to 2/3 wall height. so there is something holding the wall back and keeping it from tipping. also make sure there is #6 rock behind the wall with drain pipe at the bottom, with whatever you decide to do. I have seen what hydrostatic pressure can do to a good wall, and its not pretty. if ya want a autocad drawing of my idea, i can whip one up.
     
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    icf arent really designed for retaining wall purposes. although im sure they could be made to work i wouldn't use them, have to deal with the foam (have to cover it somehow) and the fact that they arent designed for the job...thats just me though... They are nice to work with though
     
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    You may be right, as footer will have to be dug/poured. Requires 3 pours. Footer + 8' + 2' = 10'. Pre-cast blocks just require tamped gravel. Foam "looks" into far end of neighbors garden. we'll plant vines, etc, no problemo.
     

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