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Frequently Asked Questions

Do-It-Yourself and SAVE -- Family-Owned Since 1967

How long will it take to get my basement wall straight with Gorilla Wall Braces?

While there is no guarantee that basement walls will return back to plumb, we have had some customers see immediate results – others take weeks, months, or years before their walls return to plumb – it depends on soil conditions.

What if my floor joists are parallel and not perpendicular to the basement wall I need to brace?

We have two different types of Gorilla Wall Brace® systems (Parallel and Perpendicular, depending on what direction your ceiling floor joists are in relation to the wall you are bracing.

Can I use Gorilla Wall Braces if my basement wall is crumbling or floor joist is rotten?

No. You MUST have solid floor joists and basement walls. If floor joists or basement walls are deteriorated or rotten, the pressure from the braces could break/crush the floor joist/wall, causing damage to the structure.

What kind of basement walls work with Gorilla Walls Braces?

Gorilla Wall Braces® can fix block and/or poured concrete bowing basement walls (that are solid). Do not use Gorilla Wall Braces® on wood or rock basement walls.

Do Gorilla Wall Braces come with the required steel beams?

No. Steel beams must be obtained locally as the cost for us to ship them to you would be extraordinarily high.

Where do I find the required steel beams for Gorilla Wall Braces?

Do a google search for “steel ibeams near (where you live)”. They can be found at home improvement stores or metal fabricators.

What kind of steel beams do I need for Gorilla Wall Braces?

Requirements for basement walls under 8′ high (and soil level under 7′)…

• steel 3/8″ x 4″ I beam, 9.5 lbs per foot, or • steel H-beam, 13 lbs per foot, or • 2″ x 4″ tube steel at 1/4″ thickness

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Requirements for basement walls higher than 8′ (and soil level higher than 7′)…

• steel H-beam, 13 lbs per foot, or • 2″ x 4″ tube steel at 5/16″ thickness

How far apart should I space my Gorilla Wall Braces?

Spacing requirements for Gorilla Wall Braces® based on our engineering specifications…

32″ spacing for 8″, 10″ or 12″ block walls 48″ spacing for 10″ or 12″ block walls only

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All steel beams can be used on block or poured concrete walls, where 4′ spacings are permitted unless cracked in different directions – then use closer spacing of steel beams.

What if I have a walk-out basement with bowing walls?

Perpendicular Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended for basement walls opposite of a walkout basement unless installed by a qualified contractor with significant structural wall reinforcement (a walkout wall lacks structural strength w/o soil on the outside to stabilize it). However, Gorilla Wall Braces® can be used on the other two basement walls.

Our Hold-Right Anchors® system can be used on walkout basement walls and opposite basement walls. CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors.

My basement wall is bowing in more than 3 inches. Can I use Gorilla Wall Braces to fix it?

Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended for basement walls that are bowing more than 3″ out of plumb without the expertise of a qualified contractor. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

Can I use Gorilla Walls Braces if my basement wall is NOT fully attached to the sill plate at the top of the wall?

Not recommended unless installed by a qualified contractor. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

What if the bottom of my block basement wall has sheared off the bottom block?

Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended when the basement wall is sheared off the bottom row of block (block walls) unless installed by a qualified contractor. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

My basement wall is bowing towards the outside, will Gorilla Wall Braces work?

Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

What if I have a “knee-wall”? (a short wall typically under 3 feet)

Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

What if I have obstructions in my ceiling between the floor joists, like ductwork?

Remove the obstacle if possible or CONTACT US for installation options as we provide instructions on how to brace around obstacles.

What if I have water coming in my basement AND my basement wall is bowing?

Gorilla Wall Braces® are not recommended unless installed by a qualified contractor. Please CONTACT US to find one of our professional contractors near you for repair options.

Do I need to excavate right next to my basement wall?

No. You can excavate a narrow trench up to 1.5 feet away from your wall. Using a trencher is acceptable as long as it can excavate down to the depth of your footer.

If I excavate on the outside, do I have to excavate down to the depth of the footer?

Yes! If you don’t excavate down to the depth of the bottom of your wall, you risk introducing another wall break/crack where your excavation stopped.

VIDEO EXPLANATION

Learn why basement walls bow inward and how Gorilla Wall Braces® straighten bowing walls.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Read what others say about using Gorilla Wall Braces® to fix their bowing basement walls.

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