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Old 12-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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cracked my retaining wall removing forms while wet


I made a little retaining wall 2' tall out of concrete. I was removing the forms after it set up, but while it was still wet so I could finish the surface, and I cracked the wall because I wasn't being careful enough, and I wedged against it to much. I pushed it back and mended the crack with some wet concrete laying around. My question is: has anyone else done this before? Did it recrack on you over time in the same place? Did you repair it? How?

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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depends how you define ' little retaining wall ' & where its located - location's important which's why the forum asks for yours,,, this crack will always be there repaired or not,,, whether its visually distasteful or not is personal,,, it may not be fatal to the wall's original task,,, 2' tall isn't gargantuan but is the wall 3' long, 25', OR longer ? how thick ? any steel ? integral foundation ?

a good rule of thumb is ' if the wife doesn't notice it, its fine ! '

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Northern California. About 20ft long. The crack happened about 2ft from the end, went completely through the wall, and went down about 10". Wire mesh inside, and it's sitting on a 12"wx6"h footing. The crack is invisible at this point, as the repair blended seamlessly because the wall was still wet. I know the crack will still be there, and when the concrete cures, the wall will be stiff enough to support the weight as intended... I'm just looking for other people's experiences with this wet-set type repair. Did it work well for you? Did you have to go back and an all-new thread & epoxy reinforcement and regular crack repair? Or did the crack remain reasonably small?
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it all depends IF temps don't drastically change, the crk should remain constant in size ergo repaired & invisible,,, if temps DO change, that will alter crk size & dimension of the solid ( hi-skoul fizix ),,, you'll wind up repairing/disguising/hiding it again

no sense worrying about epoxy & stitching bar just yet go have a beer & watch the game or, better yet, try signing up for some state-sponsored health care program that'll make crk worries disappear quik

good luck !
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