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Devo3000 04-03-2013 11:39 AM

Jacking up and bracing wall
Hi all,

I've got a 6-foot concrete block wall leaning into my new property and I'd like to brace it for the next 1-2 years while I figure out what to replace it with (it had an insufficient footing and there are tree roots growing under it). Before I add the braces, I'd like to push it back a little. I'm hesitant to use a jack or jackpost because it would be pushing at an angle. Any suggestions? I read in another post about using a springboard but can't seem to find more information about how they work/where to find one.

Thanks in advance!

jagans 04-03-2013 12:14 PM

If that wall is built of 4 inch solid blocks on edge I think I would just knock the wall down before it falls on a kid. Looks pretty unstable from here. How much is it actually leaning?

Devo3000 04-03-2013 01:35 PM

It's hollow -- can push it back 1-2 inches by hand. It's leaning about 6" at the left end. Problem with knocking it down right away is that it'll take some work to replace; there's a 1-2' ground level difference on the other side. I've reached out to the owner of the rental property on the other side but he hasn't been responding.

wkearney99 04-03-2013 03:40 PM

Who owns the wall? Whose property is it actually on? Check. You'd be surprised how many times a problematic fence is actually already on one's property. If it's already on your land then you're pretty much free to do what you want with it. But you'd do well to BE VERY SURE ABOUT THIS FIRST.

An unstable wall IS a danger that should not be half-assed around. That's a LOT of weight and it would certainly cause serious injury (and possibly death) to anyone unlucky enough to be hit by it. I'm not the kind to exaggerate things, but it would likely kill a child if it fell on one. Given that they'd be on your land during that accident you're putting yourself at a lot of risk allowing the problem to persist. Now that you know about it you pretty much HAVE to address it. Be sure your insurance is up to date and you have enough coverage.

I seriously doubt there's anything you should do about it that wouldn't make matter worse. A poorly built fence is bad enough. Incorrect attempts to "fix it" may end up making it worse. That and you'd then clearly be liable for any problems because you knew enough to want to 'fix it' but not fix it right. See where this is going?

I'm guessing you'll have to take this up with the local government department that handles fences and the like. Your simple starting point might be dropping the wall down to a point where it's just holding back the grade difference between the lots.

GBrackins 04-03-2013 04:46 PM

so take down the wall to the higher of the two grades (yours and theirs) as I do not know who has the higher grade.

jagans 04-03-2013 06:03 PM

The fact that you can move this wall by hand says to me that the wall is not structurally connected to its footing, or there simply in no footing. Take it down. Gary has a good idea, take it down flush with the higher grade. It is dangerous as is.

GBrackins 04-03-2013 07:11 PM

I agree with jagans, sounds kinda scarey! especially to kids and small animals .....

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