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Old 02-19-2018, 02:01 PM   #1
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Does This Small Pool Wall Need Rebar?


So I'm in the process of remodeling my backyard. One of the things I wanted to do was build a wall similar to this one on my pool.



I had someone come out and build the small wall (it's 28" high from where the pool already ended (where the the white ends in the pictures below and it's 18 feet long) and will be putting stacked stone on it (real stone, so it's heavy). The stacked stone will go from just above the water level where the red tile ends in the pictures below and cover the whole front and sides of the wall.

My question is, should this small wall have rebar in it? I'm not sure the sub-contractor who built it put any reinforcement into the wall and it is a very long wall. Should he have drilled into the part of the pool already there and put rebar into it? (or is that dangerous/could cause leaks in the pool and crack the side) Or is rebar in just the new sections fine? Or does it not need rebar at all? The wall is obviously not very tall, but my concern is the stacked stone is super heavy and it's all on the front part of the wall, could it topple over without rebar? Should I tear it down and start all over again?

Or am I fine because it's so short? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I need the expertise of you guys who are masonry pros.



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Old 02-19-2018, 04:33 PM   #2
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I'm not sure the sub-contractor who built it put any reinforcement into the wall
Well, find out if he did or did not install reinforcing steel drilled into the pool edge.

One way to find out would be to get a few guys out there to push on it. If it falls into the pool, it is not tied in.

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Another thing, what is the stone going to set on for support the tile edge?
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the building inspector was cool with no rebar?
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I'm not sure the sub-contractor who built it put any reinforcement into the wall
Well, find out if he did or did not install reinforcing steel drilled into the pool edge.

One way to find out would be to get a few guys out there to push on it. If it falls into the pool, it is not tied in.
He definitely did not, hence my question. Im wondering if i need to start over abd build a new wall.

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Another thing, what is the stone going to set on for support the tile edge?
It's a stone veneer so it'd just stack on top of itself. First row would have a board under it to support it until the adhesive mortar dryes. It is pretty heavy though.

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the building inspector was cool with no rebar?
There was no inspector since the wall is under 3 ft tall and its not a retaining wall per se.


So should it have had rebar/support of some sort when it was built? Should i take the whole thing down and build from scratch and add some anchors on top of the existing pool block (the white area)?
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Well if you are a general contractor like you say in your profile, what would you do if you were building this for a customer?

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