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A retaining wall footing or leveling pad is the most important part of the project. The footing varies depending on the type of wall you are building.  As you will see at the end of the video. Not doing it right WILL COST YOU A LOT OF MONEY PERIOD.

Here is a quick checklist on what it takes to install a retaining wall footing the right way.

  1. Dig your trench for the footing . Width and depth depends on the type of block you are using

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2. Apply and compact  base rock using a compacter.

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3. Pull a colorful string to make sure the blocks are line up properly. (don’t try to eyeball this)

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4. As you start laying your blocks make sure they are leveled front to back and side to side.

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Know that you have watch the video and saw some pictures. You can see how critical the retaining wall footing is. We’ve seen on many occasions how not installing it right will COST YOU A LOT OF MONEY!!!!

If you feel you can tackle the project yourself read this blog first . I’m sure its a true story somewhere(smile)

Oh yeah here is the list of tools you will need.

  1. Carpenter’s level
  2. Mason’s line
  3. Line Level
  4. Flat-pointed Shovel
  5. Gloves
  6. Safety glasses
  7. Wheelbarrow
  8. Dead blow hammer

In all seriousness our retaining walls offer both function, beauty and built to last. We have been providing the bay area with quality and well built retaining walls for over 10 years. Together our team has over 25 years of combined experience.  We will see to it that its built right the first time

Remember any of our retaining walls can be built using Keystone, pave stone, Allen block, Belgard ,Redi-rock block system , Versa-Lok or any other system you may think of.

Who is All Access construction:

From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected concrete and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. Make an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400

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We know choosing a retaining wall contractor right the first time is important.Our retaining walls offer both function, beauty and built to last. We have been providing bay area families with quality and well built retaining walls for

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Concrete Questions You Must Ask Your Contractor

Do I need a concrete pump?
Is the concrete the right mix?
How thick should the cement be?
How far should the rebar be space?

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Do they have the right tools to do the job?

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How much experience do there crew have?
Is the concrete set up for water to drain properly?

All these questions should be answered before you sign the contract. Of course we can and will answer all the questions above plus any that may come up during the process.As with any concrete project the chances of problems coming up is there.With over 25 years of combined experience All Access works proactively to minimize any downtime on your project.

Our clients count on us to bring their cement project to life whatever the size is. Trust All Access with your next concrete project.

This video will show you how we pay “ATTENTION” to the small things that comes along with making your concrete project successful.

Who is All Access Construction

From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected concrete and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. Make an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400

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VERSA-LOK RETAINING WALL 

Introduction 

This retaining wall project took place in Mill Valley, CA in Marin County . One of nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Elliot’s found us on the internet.  We gave an estimate on this project in May 2011. Since the retaining wall was about seven feet tall we had to have it engineered and inspected. Along with their summer vacation we ended up starting the job in November 2011.

While we love all our clients, this was one of the best clients we’ve dealt with. Once we got the retaining  wall project going, they just looked out there back yard once in awhile and said it’s looking great for the most part.

PROJECT AND DESIGN:

The project was pretty simple. Customer had a failing wood retaining wall. They also wanted to add some more room in the backyard for entertainment purposes. They decided to go with the Versa-lok block retaining wall system in the Shasta color.

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Over 100 yards of sand stone was removed

THE CHALLENGE:

The main challenge here was the sandstone rock we discovered behind the 20 yards of fill dirt which we had to remove. Once we discovered the sandstone, the customer and I came up with a game plan to only go back 8 feet instead of the original 10 feet to save time and money.

To speed up the process of getting the sandstone out we rented an excavator with a 750 pound Jack Hammer. This alone saved us about three days. Due to the limited room in the back yard we had to first remove over 100 yards of dirt. Then we brought approximate 100 yards of drain rock for the retaining wall.

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Removing over 100 yards of sandstone

Once these challenges were met, we were able to use our bobcat equipment to complete this job in about 15 days, including inspection. As with all of our retaining walls, we included a full French drainage system that tied into the customer’s existing drainage system.

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Versa Lok Retaining wall

In this retaining wall project  we used McNear Standard Blocks, however these walls can be built using Keystone, pavestone, Allen block , Belgard or Redi-rock block system.

In closing, the customer was extremely satisfied and had this to say about the completed project,

we did plant climbing fig and used the source you recommended thank you! The wall is great.

The following products and materials used on this project:

  • 560 sq. ft McNear Standard Block (35 tons/70,000pounds)-Each pallet weighs approximate 3200 pounds.
  • Import  100 yards of Drain Rock (68 tons /136,000 pounds ) 1 yard of drain rock weighs approximate 2650-2750 pounds
  • Remove 100 yards of dirt. (65 tons /130,000 pounds) 1 yard of sandstone dirt weighs approximate 2500-2600 pounds
  • 200- feet of Drainage Pipe
  • 6- yards of Base Rock

Who is All Access Construction

From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected concrete and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. Make an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400

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INTRODUCTION

This retaining wall project took place in Lafayette, CA in Contra Costa County off Highway 24. One of nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.  We gave an estimate on this project in 2010. At that time the previous client was looking to sell the house and do a quick retaining wall repair job.

Long story short, the client sold the house and gave our information to the new homeowners. So to that client thank you. To the new homeowners thank you as well.

PROJECT AND DESIGN:

The project was pretty simple. Customer had a failing retaining wall in two places. We decided to go with the Versa-lok block retaining wall system in a serpentine color.

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THE CHALLENGE:

As with any retaining wall, the first course is the footing which is the most important. The main challenge of this process was the tight access on the side approximate 5’4 Our Mt-52 bobcat was more up to the challenge. The other challenge we ran into was during our excavating on this project was a huge sandstone rock that required us to bring out our jackhammer.

After we spent approximate four hours on this, the customer came out and asked  if we could move the retaining wall up approximate one foot.  We also ran into this problem on the side so we had to rent an excavator with a long arm to break this retaining wall apart . The concrete was approximate 12 inches thick. This probably saved us another four to eight hours.

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Excavation using jack hammer attachment

THE OUTCOME:

Once these challenges were met,  both retaining walls went up without an issues within 15 days As we mentioned before,  we used the McNear Standard Block, a.k.a. Versa lok block.  Each block weighs approximately 80 pounds.

Each retaining wall had a full French drainage system behind it, which tied into the client’s existing drainage system.

In this retaining wall project  we used McNear Standard Blocks, however these walls can be built using Keystone, pavestone, Allen block , Belgard or Redi-rock block system.

Bay Area retaining wall contractor...All Access 707-534-1035

This is the retaining wall for the back yard

If you live in Lafayette or the surrounding cities such as Orinda, Walnut Creek, Berkeley Hills, Montclair, Piedmont , or Moraga give us a call for you next retaining wall  or hardscape project

 The following materials were used on this project:

  • 460 sq. ft McNear Standard Block
  • 130- feet of Drainage Pipe
  • 6- yards of Base Rock
  • 15- yards of Drain Rock
  • Remove 5 yards of concrete

In closing, the customer was extremely happy with the completed project and had this to say,

After that HUGE storm a few weekends ago, Adam and I were commenting on how GLAD we were that we got the wall done.”  You may read the rest of the testimony here

Who is All Access Construction

From stamp concrete to retaining walls, irrigation system to pavers. All Access Construction is one of Bay Area and Northern California’s most well–respected concrete and retaining wall contractors. Why? Because we believe our work “Starts with commitment, deliver with quality, and finish with success. Make an appointment online or the old fashion way 510-701-4400

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