Free-Standing Brick wall Leaning...


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Old 08-29-10, 11:33 AM
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Free-Standing Brick wall Leaning...

Hello. I have a problem with a brick wall that's approximately 6 feet tall and 6 feet long. It is leaning approximately 5" over the 6 ft height.

One end of the wall is "attached" to the house and the other holds a gate which leads to the back yard/patio. The end that was attached to the house looks like whomever put it in just made the intersection of the house and wall a mortar joint. It does not appear they did anything to fasten the wall to the house.

The wall has a concrete patio on one side of it and dirt/flower bed on the other side. The wall is leaning towards the dirt/flower bed.

I'm really hoping there is a way to fix this without rebuilding it. Any help on how to tackle this DIY would be great. I'd also appreciate ideas of whether a mason, a foundation repair company or someone I haven't thought of would be best qualified to fix it.

THANKS!!
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Old 08-29-10, 12:35 PM
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I don't think so. It is a teardown and rebuild, including the insufficient footings. It is also a serious safety issue, and your 6' wall could turn into a sidewalk at any time.
 
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Old 08-29-10, 01:21 PM
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I was hoping I could do to the wall what gets done to a house with a settled foundation. Possibly prop it up straight and pump some low viscosity concrete under it. Of course, this is assuming it could be dug out without falling on someone.

Thanks for the fast reply. Let me know if you happen to think of a fix... Before I tear it down
 
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Old 08-30-10, 06:27 PM
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sounds exactly like a job we quoted last yr in atl buckhead section,,, owner said ' i'll get back to you ! ',,, got a call 4 mos later from his wife - ' no rush now, it fell over by itself ! ',,, unfortunately, she'd parked the new 2010 7series bmw next to the wall,,, so not only did mr. genius have to pay more for the wall repairs 'cause it tore out some of the house corner, the ins co said ' you're on your own for the bimmer because of your own negligence.

did i mention he talked to 3 mudjackers between our initial inspection trying to save $ & our doing the work ? ? ? bite the bullet & fix it right ! Beer 4U2
 
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Brad -
If the wall has leaned that much and there only minimal cracks in the wall, it is a footing rotation due to poor soil underneath and a replacement due to poor construction. - A sure sign of replacement even if I am a fan of mud jacking in other situations.

staydry -
If they lived in Buckhead they can afford to do a decent job unless they plan to level the house because of the land/location value. I can understand the BMW 7 series there since I had to pay $14.00 (plus tip and taxes) for meat loaf off the menu at a diner and also had to tip the valet car attendant to get my car back.

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Old 08-31-10, 07:38 PM
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who said they could afford to live there, dick ? that place has more wanna-be's than a pack of wolves has fleas - all hat & no cattle Beer 4U2 stop in next time you're in town & we'll have dinner at capital grille,,, valey parking's only $ 5 for locals
 
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The $5.00 would certainly cover the parking since I could. see my car when I walked out the door. I just wanted good meatloaf after staying 2 blocks south at the Marriott for a month.

A neat area with money and wanna-bes plus a lot of traffic waiting or trying to get into the ramp at the 2 story Target store.

Still, it is a great area in a growing city. that I have seen change over the last 30 years.

This is getting off the original thread. I made the mistake of finding the geographic location of the original poster and adjusted my comments to the local construction problems and suspected the soil and weather conditions. The local red clay in a development gave me a clue.

Is Cafe Grill the one with the good hamburgers?

Dick
 
 

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