We have a very large area that we made a retaining wall across it. We have two ends that are not completed as we wanted to have a very small gate to use, with an amount of cement approx one foot length and approx 2 foot wide. The question is, we have the cement but it says something about setting up the footing. What is that? Also the ground is soft and hard and we set up a frame, but do we put something in the dirt to hold the cement until it gets solid? Can we just pour the cement into the frame with nothing on the bottom? I took chips from some old bricks that I used a chisel to get the old mortar off. Can we lay those old mortar chips down then pour the cement? The directions on the cement bag say to set up footing, what does that mean?
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I doubt you can just pour cement into the frame with no footing, that’s going to cause cracks in your wall in the long run. A footing is the base of your wall and it helps your wall stay strong. Without a picture, it’s hard to see what you need. I’m not too sure what you mean by the ground being soft and hard but as long as you have a good frame, you can pour the cement in and allow it to harden and dry. Again, you might want to post a picture so we could see what you really need as all projects can be slightly different. Just be sure that you protect all existing furniture when you handle some projects as cement on your furniture is tough to remove.
It is so simple making the cement just take the cement put come amount of sand in it like quarter of the cement and pore some amount of water in it mix them gradually and wuala there you have it.
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