Dry Stack Cement Block

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Old 04-02-10, 08:45 PM
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Dry Stack Cement Block

How much weight(soil) could a 3 foot high 16' by 5' "container" hold do you think?

I would like to dry stack with cement block but want to make sure it can handle it.

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What thickness block?

What kind of soil and what moisture content (maximum)?

Obviously, you will need a connection to the base for your big "window box". - Probably a mortar bed under the block fo level everything out.

You will need some sort of reinforced "bond beam" for the top course to even out the loads.

What are your trying to build? - There may be better ways.
 
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Old 04-03-10, 05:44 PM
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Thanks for the reply.

This is outdoors, it's a raised garden. The soil is a 50/50 compost and soil garden mix.

I was under the impression that I could just level down the surfact of our lawn about 8 inches, then start laying 4 x 8 x 16 block and mortar.

After doing some research, I now believe I either need to dig below the frost line and set a footer or use rebar. I thought it was going to be an easy project and now I am in way over my head and have two huge holes in my lawn to show for it.
 
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