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    Slope question

    Hello all, I am building a DIY pool kit and after laser leveling the site found that my deep end wall would be exposed 36" above grade. Not a big problem with backfill but due to the slope I am forced to build about a 4 1/2 foot retaining wall 6 feet away from the pool wall and then backfill. Any thoughts from anyone or has someone dealt with this issue? I am looking to pour concrete footer and poured concrete block retaining wall running 76 feet long.

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    Re: Slope question

    In California a 4 1/2 foot retaining wall would require plans stamped by an engineer.

    You might want to get some contractors bids and see how local contractors handle the situation. What kind and size of footer, etc. There may be construction methods that are acceptable that do not require a footer.
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    Re: Slope question

    Why six feet away? Is it your property line or that's just to limit backfill required?

    If you have more room you could stagger/tier two shorter walls to be under the height requirement that needs a engineers stamp. Shorter walls also mean you could use simpler wall blocks and no footer.

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    Re: Slope question

    Footer will be 4000psi concrete w/rebar. 14" W and 8" D. At least that is what I was planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allinspector View Post
    Why six feet away? Is it your property line or that's just to limit backfill required?

    If you have more room you could stagger/tier two shorter walls to be under the height requirement that needs a engineers stamp. Shorter walls also mean you could use simpler wall blocks and no footer.
    6 feet was allowing 4 feet+ for the sidewalk around the pool.

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    Re: Slope question

    Just for kicks, you can check out our build thread in my signature. Our pool is on a substantial slope but we had a decidedly non-DIY retaining wall structure built that completely encircles the pool. It is a StoneMakers licensed method of installing concrete vertically without forms and then carving it. The wall provides support for the our deck on that side of the pool. Then the entire retaining wall (except for one corner) was backfilled against so you don't even know it's there.
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    Re: Slope question

    Beautiful pool, bmoreswim. I really like the look of that wall. I will definitely check into that and see if it stays within the budget. Thanks!

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