Is a single skin boundry wall safe?


Postby willintam » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:02 am

Hi, I'm going to build a [i]rendered breeze block wall [/i]between the end of the fence and the side of the house to complete the boundary.
At the base of the wall (both sides) there will be a planter built in single breeze block. I will lock the planter walls into the main wall.
Can the main body of the wall be built as a single skin wall, or would it be unsafe?
The wall will be 2m wide and 2m high (from the foundations).
Also, should I tie the wall to the house?
Thanks for any advise offered
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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:46 pm

willintam,
Breeze blocks or aerated concrete blocks are not suitable for long term unprotected exterior use - use concrete blocks or bricks. Key the wall into the existing house wall for its full height.
You may need planning permission for a wall over 2m high - depends on the foundation level.
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Postby willintam » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:06 am

stoneyboy,
Thanks for responding. Unfortunately you did not answer my question "is a single skin boundary breeze block wall safe". It will be rendered and painted.
I know about the different types of blocks & foundations, I can't seem to find any advise about my problem.
Anyone help with this?
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:31 pm

willintam,
I do not think any forum member will be willing to confirm that a 2m high breeze block wall will be safe.
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Postby willintam » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:51 am

stoneyboy
I agree. After further investigation I have decided that it may well be unsafe. Pity it would just look and fit better. Cost saving was never an issue.
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Postby bd3cc » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:06 pm

Where do you get Breezeblock nowadays?
I think that you would need to put in piers every 6ft, tied in to the wall for it to be anything like safe
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Postby willintam » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:00 am

Thanks for the replies.
The subject can now be put to bed as it's sorted.
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