In or about the year 2003, I had the necessity to install a retaining wall at my home/business in the hinterland behind the Gold Coast. It was to be built on the high side of an existing driveway, which was curved, and had to be smooth fronted, owing to the fact that it could, other wise suffer damage from the occasional truck reversing down this driveway with 40 foot containers on board. Anything protruding would most probably been damaged if picked up by the container truck wheels. I should point out that this intended retaining wall, needed to protect the corner of my house from damage. As the driveway was heavy duty reinforced concrete, it would not have been advantageous to cut and patch up, which would have been an expensive and unpleasant look for the feature front of the house. As the retaining wall needed to be touching the edge of the concrete driveway, and a foundation would have weakened the existing driveway, something else had to be thought out. As this driveway was sloping, the retaining wall had to be tapered to bring it to the level of the surrounding level ground. After some thought, I designed and manufactured sturdy posts, and drove them into the ground. Of course, after fixing pine sleepers to these posts, I found that I had a firm grip of the ground, but had no control over the top of the wall, which wanted to move towards the driveway, owing to the ground pressure crated when the wall was backfilled, even though I had installed subsoil drainage. To overcome this problem, I dug a narrow trench behind each post, and at the end of each trench (approx 200mm Deep) I drove a 900mm (approx) section of Star Picket (Farm fence Posts) into the ground, with the picket being angle into the existing compacted ground, until it was completely buried, just leaving a connection point at the top. I then used galvanised fencing wire, to attach the retaining wall post to the star picket anchoring post. By twitching the fencing wire, strain form the post was taken from the top of the wall to the anchor post. upon testing, this proved to be incredibly strong. From there, many years later, EAS Retaining Walls came into being, using top quality materials such as galv product to manufacture various components, as well as stainless steel crucial hardware parts, for strength and durability.
Peter James Weston-Webb
1941 at Oadby, Leicestershire, England
Bilton Grange, Warwickshire and Harrow School, Middlesex. UK
UKTrainee F W Woolworth. Approx 2 years.
Emigrated to Australia 1962
Trainee with British Co. Dowsett Engineering Pty.Ltd being trainedin both Civil & Mechanical Engineering Started own company Wesweb Hire Services in Wollongong carrying out Civil & labour supply to BHP. Developed business to build Railway Lines for many customers, including SRA, various mining companies, sugar mills etc. Also carried out Civil works. Sold business, and moved to Salamander Bay area, created a builders hire company, Magna Hire and a specialised civil engineering company, Magna Constructions. Sold Companies in approx 1996. Started Volante Services in and around that period, to carry out minor Civil works, and to import product for the hospitality industry from UK, mainly being Portable Dance and Exhibition flooring. sales were accomplished by regular product exhibiting at Trade shows and advertising in various forms of Media. Whilst still operating the dance floor distributorship, my wife and I bought an existing Bakery Equipment Supply Business in SE Queensland, near where we were living. Owing to legal mishappenings, we closed This business in approx 2003. we sold our assets to pay the Company debts For family reasons, we moved back to the Hunter Valley, where I worked in the Civil Engineering Field, both in Estimating projects for smaller Civil businesses, and providing Supervision on a subcontract basis. Unfortunately, sickness in the form of Viral Cardiomyopathy took hold of me, and that left me in poor health for very many months. Although, my health appears in good shape, my heart has suffered irreparable damage, but with the use of medication, I am assured that I can lead a near normal lifestyle, with the same expected longevity as any person. It is during this recuperating time that it occurred to me that I should research this retaining wall method. Some, what I call non relevant parts of my career have not been included in this document.