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Below are some examples of how the concrete blocks have been used. The concrete blocks are called a variety of names and we used those interchangeably below. The block names we have heard are: concrete blocks, bin blocks, ecology blocks, barrier blocks, jumbo blocks, mafia blocks, bunker blocks, interlocking concrete blocks, V-wedge blocks, concrete lego blocks, 2’ x 2’ x 6’ blocks, and large precast concrete retaining wall blocks.
Basketball Court Retaining Wall
This project used 6’L x 2’W x 2’H and 3’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge blocks with brick a brick façade. They used the concrete barrier blocks to create a retaining wall. The mountain wants to take over the basketball court but the concrete blocks continue to fight back. They weigh in at 3,600 lbs and 1,800 lbs individually but when stacked and interlocked they become an almost impenetrable force. The large precast retaining wall blocks used in this project have a random brick face which helps them maintain the beautiful surroundings. Who wouldn’t want to play a pick-up game on this court?
Aggregate Storage Bins
This project used 6’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge blocks to create a large rock storage bin. You can not quite see the full scope of the size of this bin by the pictures but it is 30’W x 120’L x 8’H. You can see an example of the bin blocks being stacked four tall to create an 8’ high wall.
Small Retaining Wall for Detention Pond
This project used 6’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge blocks. As you can see as you go through the photos of this project a few of them are taken half-way through and the rest are after the project was completed. They first excavated the area and then started backfilling the area as the blocks were stacked. As you can see some of the blocks are almost completely buried. During heavier rains this basin will be filled with runoff water. The water will reach the depth of the precast inlet and then drain into the storm water system.
Multiple Material Storage Bins
This project used 6’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge blocks the create multiple aggregate storage bins for a municipality. They first set up all of the ecology blocks along the back to create a solid back wall. They then placed the ecology blocks perpendicular to the blocks along the back to create the dividers. The blocks used to create the dividers are not locked into the back wall blocks, but at an individual weight of 3,600 lbs they are not going anywhere.
Examples of Blocks Used For Traffic Control
These projects used 6’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge blocks. Do you have a problem with people parking or driving where you don’t want them? The photos below show examples of how mafia blocks can cost effectively be used for traffic control. Highway barriers cost six to seven times as much and require larger equipment to move around. Mafia blocks are 3,600 lbs each and are 6’L x 2’W x 2’H so even large vehicles are not going to drive over them or easily move them around. You can space the blocks out just enough so a vehicle cannot drive in between or you can interlock them together. You can also use the mafia blocks to create a barrier to protect people or property. We have had people the marijuana industry place the mafia blocks around their steel building to keep thieves from driving their vehicles through the walls of the buildings, replacing extra security.
30’L x 4’H Retaining Wall using 6’L x 2’W x 2’H & 3’L x 2’W x 2’H V-Wedge Blocks. This example of precast concrete blocks show the blocks being used to create a small retaining wall for a parking lot of one of America’s most famous restaurant. Can you guess what restaurant it is? The precast concrete blocks get to look at golden arches every day.
Large Storage Bin
42’L x 38’W x 6’H Material Storage Bin using 6’L x 2’W x 2’H & 6’L x 2’W x 2’H Corner V-Wedge Blocks. This storage bin belongs to a state highway control department. They use it to store sand for when the roads get icy.
Covered Storage Bins
There are some companies that make fabric hoop buildings to keep your materials out of the elements. The blocks are set up as you would for a normal material storage bin and then the base of the hoop building is attached to the top row of blocks.
Another Example of Covered Storage
This project for a road district uses 3’L x 2’L x 2’H V-Wedge barrier blocks to create aggregate bins. A fabric hoop structure is mounted on top to create a dry storage area.
This car wash used decorative faced concrete blocks to create a wall to keep vehicles on their paved parking lot. This project uses 6’L x 2’W x 2’H interlocking V-wedge blocks with a random rock façade. Since the block are not fully over-lapped they were able to create a slight curve to match their paved area.
Multiple Other Uses
You can use the bunker blocks as an anchor point to secure a product or structure. The 3’L x 2W’ x 2’H concrete bunker blocks weigh in at 1800 lbs, and the 6’L x 2’W x 2’H concrete bunker blocks weigh in at 3600 lbs. They are a very cost effective product to use as an anchor point.
You can also use the barrier blocks as a protective barrier. These concrete barrier blocks are simply placed to protect an area and a tank from vehicle damage. At 3,600 lbs these barrier blocks do not move with a significant force.
Here is an example of barrier blocks being used to prevent access to a closed down gas station. They are a cost effective way to prevent unwanted vehicles from accessing your property.
This wall is part of an outdoor shooting range. The large retaining wall blocks are being used as a barrier to separate the pistol range from the rifle range.
The project below is a great example of bin blocks being used to create multiple storage bins for different types of aggregate.