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Re: Cantilevered Retaining Wall - Footings are Definately Too Big

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Yes, you are correct. With soft soils, you just can't hold much earth back. And that makes logical sense, too.  Now, that presumes you're analyzing it as a retaining wall with a spread footing. Why not consider it like a sheet pile and ignore the footing and see how far you get? I'm not saying you'll end up better off - I don't do sheet piles, so I don't have a good feel for them - but it's another avenue to pursue.  Also, you might consider micropiles under the footings.

Michel wrote:
Thank you all for the input on proportioning. However, my confusion persists.
There seems to be a practical limit on retained soil ht. when constrained to 1,000 psf max. allow. soil bearing press. My restrained ht. is about 8'. I just wanted to verify this.
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