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Old 05-13-2019, 10:28 PM   #1
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I am doing a small project for a Single Family Residence here in Calif. near one of the creeks.
The last floods washed out a bit of the SFRs bank and is now cutting into the property. We are looking at using Gabion baskets to shore up the back, then do a little backfill to replace the lost usable back yard area.

Has any of you guys used them before and had success? It looks like a good system to me.
Also, have you had to have this engineered? It seems straight forward enough just to draw it up for an excavation company and have them go at it.

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Old 05-13-2019, 10:34 PM   #2
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Can't imagine how you could possibly do that in California without having at least Fish and Wildlife and Water Quality Control Board having a say, and maybe, if you get lucky, Federal EPA and Army Corps of Engineers.

I'm serious about the first 2.

Also, why are you going with gabions instead of rip-rap? Are you wanting a more vertical retaining wall?

I've only been on a couple jobs where they were used, and I had nothing to do with the placement, so I'm not much help. But I do know they work well, and we have an outfit up here that makes them.

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Re: Using Gabion Baskets.


A friend of mine did on his waterfront property and they were one of the allowed retaining walls since they still allow wildlife a place to nest or some crap like that. He didn't need an engineer, just drawings to get a permit. Another good option are big ass rocks.
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Old 05-13-2019, 11:54 PM   #4
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Can't imagine how you could possibly do that in California without having at least Fish and Wildlife and Water Quality Control Board having a say, and maybe, if you get lucky, Federal EPA and Army Corps of Engineers.

I'm serious about the first 2.

Also, why are you going with gabions instead of rip-rap? Are you wanting a more vertical retaining wall?

I've only been on a couple jobs where they were used, and I had nothing to do with the placement, so I'm not much help. But I do know they work well, and we have an outfit up here that makes them.

Yup, vertical retaining for sure. Not enough room for Rip-Rap.
I am going into the county office tomorrow to check out what they require. I will let you all know what I find out.

I am pretty sure that Fish and Wildlife will want a say it.

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I know up here in Humboldt, anything within 100' of a "Riparian Corridor", will get referred to F&W.
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They are used all of the time in NJ, along with gabion mattresses. We have bid a few with helical hold downs.
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Well, this being California I need a soils test, engineering for the "retaining wall" and I need to ask the Fish and Wildlife permission.

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