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Re: Residential Cantilevered Retaining Walls.

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Hi, Bill

I usually design the wall as a cantilevered retaining wall first noting on the detail that the wall is not to be backfilled until the slab is poured. as an alternate I will provide a note that specifies " the contractor is to provide shoring for the wall if backfilling is to take place prior to pouring the slab. In addition I will redesign the wall as a restrained wall with a higher active pressure. I will provide reinforcing on both faces because your wall will most likely see both loading conditions unless the shoring option is used.

Tony Hoballah, S.E
Long Beach