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Title: Re: Residential Foundation Tipping
As bad as it looks, it still may work, provided the slab is present.  There is somehting else here, too.
The inward rotation of the wall points more to the floor at its top giving way than to the inadequacy of the foundation.
V. Steve Gordin, SE
Irvine CA
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Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 11:41
Subject: Re: Residential Foundation Tipping


I do not think an 8" x 16" "footer" works for a 9' tall retaining wall

Tarek Mokhtar, SE
Laguna Beach

I *assumed* it's a basement wall.


In a message dated 6/20/08 11:01:53 AM, mblangy(--nospam--at) writes:

I love these kinds of things. I used to work for an veteran engineer who got these calls from colleagues a lot.
So there is no lateral earth pressure on either side of the wall, correct? Is there a SOG present on either side?
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From: David Maynard [mailto:d_maynard(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 10:38 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Residential Foundation Tipping

Got this call earlier this week.  Like to hear what everyone has to say.
It's a residential foundation, 9'-3" wall on top of 8" by 16" continuous footer.  Reinforcing unknown.  The wall is actually tipping into the building.  Anchor bolts on the outside have broken the concrete out at several locations.  Soils report says it's a sandy-clayey-silt.  Took samples from the surface and brought to another dirt-engineer who, at sight and touch, believes it to be a lean or fat clay.  *shrug*  Jury is still out on this one.  Current landscaping is exposed backfill, or NO landscaping at all.  There is a perimeter sub-drain (one of those perforated pipes surrounded by Styrofoam peanuts in a mesh sock) around the base of the foundation.  House, and wall where damage exists, is about 100 feet away from the base of a hill.  There appears to be positive drainage away from the house.
I have my own suspicions as to what could have happened, but I am curious if anyone has run into this on their end.  Anyone?  Anyone?  Foundation damage that I have typically seen is either settlement and heave.
Dave Maynard, PE
Gillette, WY

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