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Make your own versatile concrete landscaping blocks with Formablok molds. Ideal for left over concrete on the job site or the DIY. www.formablok.com

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Comment by Mark Lynn Stewart on January 29, 2014 at 4:39pm

I LIKE it!  What about the inevitable "bulge" and "lean" that comes with a couple of years of drainage and shifting weight in the direction opposite of the backfilled area?  Just curious. 

Comment by steve thorpe on January 29, 2014 at 5:33pm

Good Question, Mark.  When building a straight wall we recommend that there is about a 8 to 1 batter on the wall leaning back into the fill.  As soon as you add a curve to the wall it requires no batter to it at all.  The biggest factor that puts these ahead of other segmental blocks for stability is hydrostatic pressure can't build behind the wall because they are completely free draining, as you know when you build with core filled blocks you essentially build a dam. 

Comment by Mark Lynn Stewart on January 29, 2014 at 5:59pm

I noticed a little batter, but if the males and females are in the center, how do you get a set-back?  Or are you just stating that they are leaning, a little, against/towards the backfill?   thanks, Mark.  Good Luck, I think they'll do great.  Just a thought, but before I do, I'm new here and don't know the rules on Q&A's, so I don't want to step on anyone's toes, but I like to "bounce" stuff off of people (please feel free to do the same).  So..... did you think of off-setting the Nips and holes an inch or so off-center (front to back), so that there would be an inherent batter which ever way you desired?  Also the option of a completely vertical wall would just require reversing every other block (if my mind is working correctly), I'm bouncing this around in my head, not on paper.   Thanks, and again I mean no disrespect.  Mark. 

Please feel free to comment on my first contribution to the site.  The Plier Handles.  Thanks.

Comment by Mark Lynn Stewart on January 29, 2014 at 6:36pm

I meant every other block vertically.  Thanks.

Comment by steve thorpe on January 29, 2014 at 7:15pm

Hi Mark, I don't think you can ever ask enough questions when it comes to new products!!   We just lean them back into the fill, if the dowels were offset it would stager the wall face and it will not allow the blocks to articulate properly. They work very much like a bicycle chain on edge.  

Comment by Mark Lynn Stewart on January 29, 2014 at 7:36pm
Doh! Told you I was in my head, not on paper. I think that I'll think next time before showing my ignorance. heheheh

I forgot about the curves. There would be quite a gap. Thanks.
Comment by Ralph Heidler on January 16, 2015 at 9:11am

       This would be a good place for the most cost and time saving way to mix your cement 1/2 min. per bag .  go to  concreteflipper.com and watch it being used.  lots of utube videos.  patented and assembled by me and wholesale   price available direct from assembly shop .  Ralph  808-285-2931

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