4ft block retaining wall footings

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by Jon Duggan, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Jon Duggan

    Jon Duggan New Member

    Hi Guys,

    Had a groundsworker in with a digger to remove a steep bank from back of garden.

    I've built a couple block retaining walls before so happy with the process and normally would dig down footings in a trench.

    Asked the groundworker to pull through a trench at the back and sides of the dirt he pulled away and he said there's no point, we're down to solid ground and its too hard for his bucket to dig without getting one with teeth which he didnt have. He said therefore, i should just shutter in a floating footing.

    Is that right ? do i really not need a trench ? Ive tried with a pick and it is solid, would take me two days with a pickaxe to get a few inches deep.

    Im hoping he's right or i need to go out and buy a breaker ?

    Hopefully someone can pipe up and let me know!


  2. Isitreally

    Isitreally Well-Known Member

    In theory it would be ok, but it would need to be wide to stop it tipping over and you need to stop it sliding somehow.
  3. stevie22

    stevie22 Active Member

    You need to toe the wall into the ground to remove the chance of the wall sliding.

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