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RE: CJ in RC Retaining Walls

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Your point about the corrosion potential is valid.  It is wise to provide
proper cover and check the crack width (z).  There is a long history of good
performance for water containing structures if this is properly checked.
Consolidation of the concrete at the base is crucial.

Keep in mind that the alkalinity of the concrete also passivates the rebar
and helps prevent corrosion.  Potential contaminates can alter this.  You
can also provide a bituminous coating on the earth side if it is a concern.

Many impound chemical containment structures require protection of all the
concrete in contact.

Harold Sprague

-----Original Message-----
From: Sleiman Serhal [mailto:mony(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 4:03 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: CJ in RC Retaining Walls

There is something that has been itching my mind for quite a while and
what u guys think of.

In RC retaining walls, there is always a construction joint between the
and the stem through which vertical dowels lap with the stem
These dowels at the side of the backfill are most critical since they
take all
the moment, and no references ever recommend waterproofing the
joint towards the side of the backfill so as to prevent these dowels
corroding with time. Shouldn't we do so ?

Thanks in advance,
Moni Serhal