How to Build Seating Walls and Posts on Soil


Installing on Soil for building a base see
how-to sheet numbers one twenty and two twenty. When installing Courtyards walls you can build
on existing patios or pavement as well as on soil. The following example shows you how
to install a wall and a post on a flat grass covered area. let’s begin with the wall panel.
Temporarily lay out the first course of blocks in the location of your wall. This will be
your guide for installing the base. Now use a shovel to cut around the blocks marking
where the grass and soil will b removed to construct the base. Remove the blocks and
set them aside. Then remove the grass and soil in the area marked out. Approximately
eight inches wide and three inches deep. Next install the foundation pad. When installing
on soil, the base course must be laid on a bed of compacted crushed rock. Place the crushed
rock in the excavated areas up to grade.Then compact thoroughly with a hand tamper. Using
a level and a two by four, make adjustments to ensure the foundation pad is level. Add
or subtract crusted rock as needed. then re-level and adjust as necessary. Once your foundation
pad is level, begin the wall panel by placing three of four blocks on the base in a pattern
you have chosen. Check the blocks for level from front to back and side to side making
adjustments where necessary. For high areas, tamp the block down, for low areas add a little
crushed rock under the block. Next place a few blocks on the second course. Always build
the first and second courses at the same time to ensure that the blocks line properly. Continue
building the first and second courses, leveling the first course as you go. Finish your wall
by adding additional courses until the desired height is achieved. For tall walls added reinforcement
may be needed, see how-to sheet number one fifty for more information Now let’s build
a courtyard post. Layout the blocks at the location of your post. Then use a shovel to
cut around the blocks marking where the grass and soil will be removed to construct the
base. Remove the blocks and set them aside. then remove the sod and soil in the area marked
out. Approximately twenty-four inches square by four inches deep. Next install the foundation
pad. Placed crushed rock in the excavated areas up to grade. Then compact thoroughly
with a hand tamper. Level the foundation pad in both directions and make adjustments as
necessary. Start the post by placing the corner blocks with their long sides facing out. Corner
blocks have a long side and a short side. The long sides are always placed to the outside
of the post. Once all the blocks are in place, align them with a square and level
making adjustments as necessary. On the second
course place the corner blocks so that they overlap the two blocks beneath them. This
pattern will offset the vertical seams. Continue building to the top of your post, alternating
the first and second course patterns as you go. Posts must always be built on a good foundation.
When you have softer soils or require taller posts, use one of these reinforcement options.
See how-to sheet number one forty for more information. Now you can build on soil to
enhance the design and style of your project. For a complete library of Courtyard How-to
Sheets visit us at allanblock.com

8 thoughts on “How to Build Seating Walls and Posts on Soil

  1. Just a quick note of thanks for this video. I needed to install a block paver foundation for my chicken coop and was very stressed about the project because I didn't know how to do it *properly*. This video was PERFECT. All the info I needed, in an easy-to-understand, concise presentation that assured me I really could do this right, myself. My foundation looks professionally installed… the way I wanted it to look but dared not hope for *before* seeing this video. Thank you so much!

  2. Well you might have a few sore toes in the attempt. With the weight of the concrete, the interlocking of the blocks and gluing the caps to the top course as we recommend, the wall works as a complete structure and is actually stronger than you might think. so be careful, A courtyard wall is the toe's kryptonite…

  3. LOL. Having built garden walls and posts with AB Courtyard blocks, I can attest to the fact that you don't want your toes anywhere near the blocks. 🙂

  4. For the base, do you use clear crushed rock(like drainage rock, not pea gravel) or crushed rock with fines and powder. Does it matter?

  5. What crap… Then he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and he huffed, and then he blew the wall down.
    You need have footers under the frost level! Complete waste of YouTube space!!!

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