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Picture 1. Mr Johnson of Argon Construction hard at work grinding and cutting off steel bolts.
Energy Efficient Building Network Block-Wall Reinforcement With Carbon-Fiber/Kevlar-Grid (from our portfolio of recent projects)

The East wall of the Garage is an exterior wall and the ground slopes on the outside towards south by some eight feet.

The wall footing is pretty much at grade level, and the ladder cracks in the wall indicate that the wall is settling towards the South.

The East and the South walls are both unreinforced block masonry and retain soil pressure from backfill for the Garage floor on the inside.

I needed to reinforce the walls, and I chose the practical method of reinforcing the wall from the outside with NSM (Near-Surface-Mount) Carbon-Fiber/Kevlar-Grid tape from Fortress Stabilization.

Here we are looking at the removal of wood waler of the failed tie-back system -- Mr Johnson of Argon Construction is hard at work grinding and cutting off the steel bolts ... Picture 1. READ MORE .

Picture 2. In this picture we are looking from a little further back at the Garage wall - Mr Johnson is grinding off the bolts hoding the waler of the failed tie-back system, Justin, also of Argon Construction is looking for a metal blade, while Jack Tarry, of Andrews Renovation Co, Project-Manager for the job is providing moral support.
Picture 3. This is at the South-East corner of the Garage wall -- this is where I opted to go in for drilled-piers diagonally across the corner of the wall footing under which I want to insert a needle beam that would rest on the drilled piers to stabilize the wall footing at the corner.
Picture 4. We can see that the location of the reinforcement and the surface preparation for applying the reinforcement is in progress.
Picture 5. Another shot of the surface of the South wall is being prepared for application of the reinforcement.
Picture 6. Surface preparation by grinding the surface of the block masonry on the East wall.
Picture 7. Here we see Mr Johnson applying a generous helping of epoxy on a strip of the Carbon-Fiber/Kevlar-Grid for mounting it to the surface locations that have been thoughly cleaned by grinding off the surface and blowing off all the dust and debris.
Picture 8. Here we see the Carbon-Fiber/Kevlar-Grid reinforcement being applied to the West-End of the South Wall.
Picture 9. A close up of the application of the Carbon-Fiber/Kevlar-Grid reinforcement -- that generous helping of epoxy that was applied to the strip is being pressed on to effect bonding the reinforcement to the prepared surface of the block masonry wall.
Picture 10. Here we see Mr Johnson applying the final touches for that reinforcement on the South-West corner of the Grage wall -- yes, it takes both art and science to get a good feel for when the job has been done right.
 



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