Gabion walls are sturdy and durable, which means that it is great as a fence for your home. However, Gabion walls also come with a hefty price tag when it is made by a professional. Surprisingly, Gabion walls are easy to make and they cost less than asking someone to make it for you.
In this article, we will provide a detailed guide on how to build a Gabion wall. It comes with a list of materials that should be used for making a Gabion wall and a step-by-step guide. We aim to make it easier for you to build your own Gabion wall. You may think that building a Gabion wall is difficult, but we will be able to prove you wrong.
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Materials for Building a Gabion Wall
For the Cage:
- Concrete Reinforcement Mesh
- Steel Mesh Roll
- Tie Wire
For the Filling:
- Large Rocks
Added Note: You can choose to purchase a pre-made Gabion basket.
Before you begin building a Gabion basket, you must examine the site where you will build the Gabion wall. In order to examine the structure, you must examine the type of soil on the ground. If the ground is soft, you must ensure that the Gabion wall would have added support. You can fill the hole with gravel to ensure better support for the Gabion wall’s weight.
Once the ground has been prepared, you should ensure that the ground is smooth and flat. This will allow the Gabion walls to be more sturdy and dependable. If you wish to stop weeds from growing, you can also put a weed mat on the ground.
How to Build a Gabion Wall
Step 1: Building the Gabion Wall Cage
If you plan to make a wire basket from scratch, you would need a pattern to ensure that it will form a square with a 6 inch x 6 inch pattern. Once the base is ready, you can put the wire together. You just need to attach them with the use of a tie wire and pliers. You must be certain that there are no sharp edges pointing out.
Once you have made the wire basket or if you have a factory made wire basket, you can now place them on the ground. When the sides are attached to the basket, you can lay them on the ground. On the other hand, if the sides are not attached, you should place the base in the right position first. Afterward, you must place the sides around the base.
You must leave the lid open for the fillings. It is important the lid is a perfect fit in order to close the basket. Now, when it comes to the wire mesh, you must be certain that the base and the lid are of equal sizes.
The wire mesh can also act as a stabilizer for the rocks. It will also ensure that the Gabion wall will keep its shape. When picking a wire, it is also important to use a galvanized wire to ensure that it would not be prone to rusting.
Step 2: Filling the Basket with Rocks
When building a Gabion wall, the most tedious part can be placing the rocks. This is because you need to ensure that the rocks would not cause the basket to lose its shape. In order for this to happen, you must start by filling the edges first.
For the outer part, you must fill it with larger rocks. This will act as the support for your walls. It will also ensure that the walls would properly retain its shape. Once you have completed the filling of the edges, you can fill the insides of the basket with smaller rocks. This will ensure that every nook and cranny of the basket is completely filled.
In order to ensure that you can maximize the placement of rocks, we will add in some valuable tips. First, you must consider the position where you will put the rocks. When the rock comes with sharp angles, you must put them on the corner of the walls. On the contrary, flat rocks should go with the flat side of the wall.