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 Post subject: Re using footings
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 4:32 pm 
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Hi, im currently in the middle of putting a drive at the front of my house and had to knock down existing retaining walls as they are old and not up to the job digging out the old footings and they are like a black brick type of material the house is 1940s any way they are like 18inches thick and im working hard to remove them, just wondering can i reuse them or is it best to get them out and put fresh concrete in. Whats best please


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Personally if the old footings are sound and in the right place I'd reuse them. It seems like a lot of time and effort and frankly a waste of resources to remove just to replace with something similar. I trust you will be reusing the bricks from the wall as well?
On the subject of reusing footings I reused a concrete foundation for a small wall in my garden , even going to the extent of moving it about twenty yards or so. Dug round it , levered it up and got some rollers under it and repositioned it.


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Hi thanks for the reply no ill be using new bricks is that ok with re using the footings


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Yeah new bricks on the existing footing are fine. A good deal of the older cities of the world have been built on what was there before. The reusing the old bricks comment was just my own feelings of not wanting to throw anything away , not wanting to waste anything. To be fair a lot of bricklayers don't like reusing old bricks as they often don't have decent arrises .


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Thanks, so to do this just remove old brick clean off top of footing and put some new cement and brick up. Just so i got it right in my head cheers


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Gutted wish id found this forum before as i wouldnt have caused myself as much work as ill have to finish removing the one side of the footing as ive already started now


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