What is the proper way to install these blocks? Some neighbours say to place on the ground and some say to put on a concrete bedding.
The wall is going to 5 layers tall and its cut into the existing land slope to allow a pathway to be built.
Looks like a great project @trevor_s. I'm sure our members will be able to assist with some advice for you.
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I suggest you refer to the manufacturers Engineering/Construction Data Sheet
Personally, I always recommend Footings & Starter bar with the first block half into the ground. hth
They say "Minimal foundation preparation is required..."
There's some documentation here - http://www.firth.co.nz/residential/retaining-and-fences/ezi-wall/
Hi Trevor did you end up finding your answer? Do you have pics of your work? I’m going to attempt an eziwall retaining too.
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Here is a link to Firth's Eziwall DTS: Eziwall
We look forward to seeing your Eziwall built.
Hi @trevor_s and welcome!
By the book, any masonry (block, brick or stone) retaining wall needs to be installed on a reinforced concrete strip footing. The first course of blocks then needs to be fixed to this strip footing either with a mortar bed or, as @BIM_Engineer said, starter bar (reinforcing steel that's sticking up from & is part of the strip footing) . And as was also said that first course should be half below ground.
Will a wall work without this footing? Yes. But the issue is for how long and whether it will start to lean or subside in section.
I should just mention that installing a strip footing really isn't to difficult, just a bit of work.