My neighbor and I have a problem. We have a common cinder block wall
between our yards. We also have a cinder block wall that runs along an
alley, perpendicular to the common wall. Both walls are about 5' high.
The alley wall is pulling away from the common wall. It has bowed out
by 2" at the top of the wall.
I beleive this is due to the Mexican Palm he planted back in the back
corner of his yard. He planted it 2' from each wall. When it was
small, no big deal. But now it is 20' tall with a 30" base and is less
than 6" from the wall. But it is not directly touching the back wall
so neither of us know for sure if the palm is the problem. He is
willing to have the palm removed.
Is there some way to push or pull the back wall up against the common
wall like it was when new? I was thinking a 2" wide by 3' long steel
C-channel as a brace on the ooutside back wall. Drill holes in it
every 8". Then drill deep holes in the cinder blocks and screw some
tapcon cement bolts in to see if we can pull the wall back so that it
once again is touching the common wall. But I have never tried this
before and wonder if the cinder blocks can take the stress. They may
be too weak and brittle.
Any other brilliant ideas?
On Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:31:31 -0700 (PDT), "hr(bob) firstname.lastname@example.org"
It is tight at the bottom, pulled away at the top. Sort of like
something is tipping it over. None of the other neighbors walls are
having this problem as far as I can determine. The common wall on the
opposite side of my backyard adjacent with my other neighbor is fine.
There are not any palms or trees in that location.
it's pushing against one side of the footing. propping it up only delays the
fall over date. you won't be able to push it back vertical.
you need to take out the tree, take out the roots, straighten out the wall,
fill it back in, and hope that it doesn't retip because of settling under
the proper way to do this is to remove the wall, take out the tree, take out
the roots, build a correct footing, and rebuild the wall.
or push it vertical, sell the house, and hope that it's not a windy day when
the home inspector comes over.
WooHoo, that takes me back! I actually walked around the top of the
tower (clinging to the wall all the way). Believe me, that is one
strange sensation, walking on a surface that is not level, but slanted
DOWN! That was long ago before they closed it off.
In a fight 'twixt concrete and a tree, the tree will always win.
Remember how the Ents tore down the wall at Isengard? They simply inserted
their roots into minuscule cracks and grew them. The giant stone wall fell
so fast not even a black wizard could stop it!
You MIGHT be able to salvage things by having a ditch-witch sever the roots
between the tree and the wall. Dig a trench 6" wide and three/four feet
Fill the trench with concrete.
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