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Posted by Lars in Granbury, TX on 1/28/2009

Retaining walls can fail from heavy water buildup if you don't provide for proper drainage. First, we coated the back with a water sealer. We used a kind of spackle-on mortar-based product. When the wall was poured I had put blocks at the base to make weep holes (two per section). Now, we glued a black drainage fabric onto the wall, and then placed PVC pipes leading to boxes over the weep holes. Parts of the pipes were sliced multiple times and wrapped with filter cloth. Looks like neurotic overkill, doesn't it? Maybe so...  

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