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Excellent advice again from Phil.

Remember that when using steel mesh in footings the standard mesh to use is A393 with 200mm pitch, the mesh is the skeleton with in concrete and concrete will burn you no matter who you are always treat with care.

I should know I bear the scars from concrete burns.


I'm planning on rebuilding my yard wall that retains my yard from the street. I am not sure about the foundations though. As the tarmacked street is adjacent to the original wall, so my wall will end up being on the edge of the footings. And I'm worried that the wall will eventually start to lean towards the street due to its weight, beacause its not in the middle of the footings.

I have been trying to find out the best course of action, and I heard that I need to put rebars in the footings. But don't know how many or what size. The wall I'm going to build is going to be a one brick thick flemish bond about a meter high. So any response will be appreciated.

Thanks for your most-helpful advice. Just starting a new project and had no idea how to go about it.

Glad you found it helpful Gary:) Good luck with your project.

I'm a hard landscaper and we make it standard practice, for whatever size wall and whatever the ground conditions, to use steel reinforcing (A142) rods, two rods laid side by side and overlapping by about 200mm for the whole length of the footings. We usually pour so the concrete comes up half way, lay the rods onto the top and then fill up the rest. Job done. In 25 years of work I've never had one single call back because the wall has cracked. Just do it, and sleep at night. Jon - Whyteleafe Paving Co

In this moment i agreed on these blog which is reffer to the concrete curing process by means of Curing Compound for Concrete.This keeps the curing very quickly and cool which result in stronger concrete.

When getting your level, driving metal pegs into the ground and leveling the tops, do you level the pegs in? I'm concerned they will rust and crack the concrete. As with building foundations it is imperative that the mesh is completely covering all aspects of the mesh so that it does not come into contact with dampness in the ground. How come this is not an issue with metal pegs?

Sorry I meant leave the pegs in?

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