Height of Retaining walls, CMU, Motar

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I have a plot with 5 different Retaining Wall heights.

24", 32", 36", 42", & 48"

All walls use 6" CMU

Nominal 6 x 8 x 16, Actual 5 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 15 5/8, with 3/8" mortor

When I draw the walls (Terrain, Terrain Wall & Curb, Straight Retraining Wall)

it defaults to default ceiling height of 109 1/8"

My lot is a max elevation differance of about 18"

And what if the elevation differance was 0"?

No elevations have been set.


How do I control the height on all of these walls?


When entering th sizes of the CMU do you enter the Actual or Nominal Dimensions?


When calculating matterial will it does not include the mortar joint.

How to make this appear?


Why does foam sill seal and foundation bolts show up on the components list?


I found the location to to edit the block size and mortar with under wall types, plan material.

I appears that the sizes of the blocks do not corrspond with the standard naming pattern of CMU's

which is D x H x L, (5 5/8" x 7 5/8 " x 15 5/8") In components if lists it as H x L x D, (7 5/8" x 15 5/8 " x 5 5/8")

I this correct?


I attaching 1 section of my yard as an example.

Back 40 Yard.plan

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In Pro  you can do it with any wall in an elevation view (easiest) or 3D view and just drag it down ( or up) after you select the wall with the edit handles ,once you start moving it you can also enter an accurate dimension in the white dim box in an elevation view ( only)





you must have sill plates on in your foundation defaults along with the foam , bolts maybe automatic so you may need to remove/uncheck those in the wall's Component DBX after selecting the walls


Pro ,calculates sqft not Blocks so check all ML quantites against an online calculator such as this one:



PS Pink is my selection colour

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