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I am looking at a retaining wall on a project.  I have calculated the wind load to the wall per ASCE 7-02.  Does this wind load apply to the full height of the wall or only the portions of the wall above the retained soil on the back side of the wall?  If the wind load is applied for the full height is the full calculated wind load applied for the full height, or is there a reduced load for that portion of the exposed face below the retained height elevation?


Joseph R. Grill, PE

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