Building a block wall is a great way to have some privacy without the expense of a brick wall. It’s a great DIY project for the summer and even better if you can do it with friends. It’s not overly difficult, but there are some key steps that you don’t want to miss in order to ensure that your wall is going to last for years and look amazing when it’s done.
The first step is to dig your hole. You want to make sure that you are digging the hole to the specifications given by your manufacturer. The depth and width of this hole will be dependent on what kind of product you are using, so always check with them before starting. Once you have dug your hole, check its dimensions to make sure they are correct as well as level and deep enough for support purposes.
The next step is to dig the hole. The footing should be deep enough to support the wall’s height and width, as well as level with the ground. The goal of this part of the project is not only to create a stable foundation for your block wall, but also ensure that there are no rocks or roots obstructing your work area. For example, if digging up large rocks or roots would make digging too difficult, try removing them before digging. This will make it easier to build your footing without worrying about hitting any obstacles in your way later on down the line when constructing and installing your block walls.
After making sure that all of these requirements have been met with regards towards depth, width and levelness (yes I know those aren’t real words), we can move onto step three: setting our blocks into place
Next, dig a hole for the footing. The depth of the hole depends on how far down your soil is frozen. If it’s only 8″ deep, then you’ll need to have at least 12″ of footing under your block wall (so when you add in the thickness of the wall itself). The width and length should be determined by what looks best aesthetically and what fits into your space constraints. Ensure that the footing is level by using either a laser level or by placing stakes along its edges and measuring for equal distances between them.
- Make sure the footing is adequate to prevent cracking or sinking. If the wall will be on a slope, make sure it’s not too steep. The footing should be deep enough to support the weight of the wall, and it must be stable so as not to shift around when you pour concrete into it. It also needs to remain level throughout construction and after completion of your project. Compacted soil is important so that water doesn’t seep through it and weaken your foundation (or cause mold).
- Make sure the footing is adequate to prevent cracking or sinking.
- Use a level to check the footing.
- Make sure the footing is level.
- Make sure the footing is deep enough.
- Do not make it too deep, or else you’ll be dealing with a bunch of dirt that’s going nowhere fast, and it will weigh down your walls as they go up. Conversely, don’t make your footings shallow either—you may need their strength later on when it comes time to install your backfill (the stuff that goes around and between your blocks).
Mix the concrete, and then pour it into the forms. Use a trowel or shovel to level out any ridges or unevenness in the form. You may also want to use a board with a slight bevel on one edge as a guide for leveling your entire wall at once.
Once you’ve smoothed out any imperfections in your footing, tamp down areas where there are holes or gaps in your footing (i.e., where you poured less cement because of an obstruction). This will ensure that there aren’t any weak spots but will also help force air bubbles to rise up through these areas rather than getting trapped inside them, which could lead to cracking later on when temperatures change drastically from day-to-day (as they do in Colorado).
Remove all forms from around your block wall before cleaning them completely so that nothing sticks onto them during storage time
Block walls are great for your yard and make a nice addition to any landscaping project or backyard. Make sure the footing is adequate to prevent cracking or sinking.
Block walls are easy to build and can be used in a variety of ways. Once you know how to build a block wall, you can use it for many different landscaping projects.
Building a block wall is an easy task that doesn’t require too much skill or experience, so if you’re looking for something simple to do around your yard, this may be a good choice
Concrete blocks are a versatile building material that can be used to build all sorts of structures, including retaining walls and foundations for buildings. We hope this article has helped you learn the basics of what footing is and why it’s so important