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titan7 09-09-2012 03:02 AM

new block wall, mortar missing from a few places? /// PICS ADDED ///
 
Wall is up but there are a few places at the first run at the walkway level were there seems to be mortar missing between the blocks. I called the contractor he said that's for drainage??? Any harm with filling them? I have the left over bag of spec mix mortar, sitting the the garage. Could I mix up a small amount and push it into these areas?

thanks!

dakzaag 09-09-2012 08:51 AM

If the holes are indeed for drainage, then you can do serious long term damage by filling the holes. Retaining water is bad news no matter if your a person or a building.

Post a pic to help determine if the holes are intentional or just sloppy workmanship.

hammerlane 09-09-2012 09:13 AM

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If those are weep holes NO!!!!! Do not fill. Do a search on weep holes and read about their purpose.

titan7 09-09-2012 02:51 PM

okay I took some pics today. There are some places on the decline of my driveway where there is no way the water will get backed up as it will flow down the drive way can I fill those areas or should I just leave them?

On a side note, what's the best way to attach my gate to the new wall? You can see the old gate that attaches to the house the other half used to attach to a redwood fence. The cells of the wall are fully grouted, I was thinking attaching a 4x4 to the inside edge of the wall so I can put up a new gate? It will be the same height as the block wall.

As for anchors, I think the simpson epoxy mesh anchors would be best? I was thinking of embedding a couple 1/2" threaded bolts in the wall so I could have the nut on the outside in case I needed to replace the 4x4?? Any other ideas??

thanks!
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jomama45 09-09-2012 08:13 PM

I would leave them open, especially with the planter in the middle, which will undoubtedly bring uneccesary water behind the wall. As for the gate, your idea with teh 4x4 and epoxy sounds like it will work fine.........


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