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Frequently Asked Questions

Gorilla Wall Braces® by Resch Enterprises Inc -- Family-Owned Since 1967

Gorilla Wall Braces® are engineered for use under normal basement conditions. You MUST have solid floor joists and walls. If floor joists or walls are deteriorated or rotten, the pressure from the braces could break or crush the floor joist or wall, causing damage to the structure. If you are uncertain of the condition of your floor joists/walls, call a qualified contractor to install the braces. Thanks.

Can I use Gorilla Wall Braces if my basement wall is…
• wood, brick or a rock basement wall?
• leaking? Water is coming in basement?
• bowing in more than 3 inches?
• sheared off the bottom block row?
• NOT fully attached to the top sill plate?
• tilting or leaning?  

• bowing towards the outside?
• a “knee wall”? (a short wall typically 3 ft)
• opposite of walk-out basement wall?

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

Do Gorilla Wall Braces come with the required steel beams?

No – the steel beams are NOT included. Everything else is included (floor brace, bolts, washers, bracing assembly) except the steel beam. Steel beams are obtained locally or if you do not have a local supplier, we have partnered with MetalsDepot.com to offer our customers a 10% discount to purchase their steel beams online (coupon emailed with order receipt). They also offer quantity discounts – see more info.

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

Do a google search for “steel i beams near (where you live)”. They can be found at home improvement stores or metal fabricators. If you are not able to find a local supplier, we have partnered with MetalsDepot.com to offer our customers a 10% discount on their steel beams – see more info.

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″ block basement walls

• 48″ spacing for 10″ or 12″ block walls and poured basement walls

(block measurement is the depth of the block – from the inside of your basement to the dirt outside – how thick the wall is)

If basement wall is cracked in different directions – use the 32″ beam spacing.

Remove ceiling obstacles if possible – instructions on how to brace around obstacles is provided.

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 H-beam, 13 lbs per foot – W 4 x 13 lb (4.16″ x .280″ x 4.06″) A572/A992 Steel (choose 4″ idler)

• steel I beam, 9.5 lbs per foot – S 4 x 9.5 lb (4.00″ x .326″ x 2.796″) A36/A572-50 Standard Steel (choose 3″ idler)

• 2″ x 4″ tube steel at 1/4″ thickness (2” side goes against wall to ensure proper yield strength — choose 2″ idler)

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

steel H-beam, 13 lbs per foot – W 4 x 13 lb (4.16″ x .280″ x 4.06″) A572/A992 Steel (choose 4″ idler)

2″ x 4″ tube steel at 5/16″ thickness (2” side goes against wall to ensure proper yield strength — choose 2″ idler)

How do I know what size Pushing Rod Idler to select?

The size of the Pushing Rod Idler matches the required steel beams specifications…

• Select 4″ Idler if using the H beam

• Select 3″ Idler if using the I-beam

• Select 2″ Idler if using the 2″x4″ tube steel

NOTE: Each Pushing Rod Idler is designed to fit the recommended steel beam like a glove – so the 2″, 3″ or 4″ are not exact measurements as they are sized to each beam. Please know which steel beam you are using before ordering Gorilla Wall Braces® so you order the correct Pushing Rod Idler size.

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 customers see immediate results – others take weeks, months, or years before their basement walls return to plumb – it depends on soil conditions and if excavated on outside.

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.

Do you ship to Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska?

Yes. Orders shipping outside the continental USA will be charged actual shipping charges and applicable taxes/tariffs. If you are shipping to Canada, Alaska or Hawaii, please EMAIL US your order for us to calculate the shipping/taxes/tariffs.

For Canadian customers we offer a $10 credit towards that shipping cost per brace kit if purchasing 4 or more to help off-set the extra shipping cost, taxes and tariffs, which has been anywhere from $25-$50 additional per kit. All pricing is in US Dollars.

Ooops – I ordered the wrong wall braces. Can I return purchased Gorilla Wall Braces?

Yes. But please be aware that Customer is responsible for all shipping costs (to/from) plus a 10% processing/restocking fee for any products returned that are not defective. Be sure you are ordering the correct Gorilla Wall Braces® for your wall as shipping is very expensive. Call us if you are not sure: 800-831-2559

Is there any type of warranty on Gorilla Wall Braces?

Yes. Any goods proved defective will be replaced or the purchase price refunded if within 4 years of purchase. The limited warranty described herein is in lieu of any other warranty, expressed or implied, including an implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular use. The user is soley responsible to determine the suitability of the product for its intended use. Liability for any incidental or consequential damage or loss is excluded.

Manufactured in the USA

Don’t worry about those ships stuck in harbors off California…

Gorilla Wall Braces® are manufactured locally in Foley, MN, a small-town near our warehouse. We do the final manufacturing steps and welding ourselves in our own shop in St. Cloud, MN.

Keeping manufacturing as local as possible helps cut down on transportation costs, keeping our price competitive for homeowners. It also helps our local economy in the USA and makes more sense for our enviroment. 

Gorilla Wall Braces® are in stock and ready for you to order! Orders ship the next business day.

Check Your Landscaping

Walls often push in due to poor landscaping. When clay soil near the building gets wet, it expands pushing the wall inward. To allow Gorilla Wall Braces® to work effectively, the homeowner will need to have proper landscaping…

• a good working gutter system with 8′ downspout extensions
• 1″ drop per foot sloping away from foundation, 6′ out from the building
• no conditions for standing water within 20′ of the building

In addition, all concrete patios, driveways, sidewalks, etc. will need to be sloped away from the building 1/4″ drop per foot and sealed to the foundation with a quality flexible caulking to prevent the ground near the building from getting wet & expanding.

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.

ABOUT US

Family-owned since 1967, we have been in the business of fixing basements for over 50 years.

Gorilla Wall Braces®

The DIY Solution for Bowing Basement Walls.

Save thousands by using Gorilla Wall Braces® to fix your bowing basement walls yourself.

The steel beams are NOT included with the Gorilla Wall Brace® kits. Steel beams can be obtained locally or online at MetalsDepot.com (a 10% off coupon is included with your Gorilla Wall Brace® order).

When you order 4 or more Gorilla Wall Brace® kits – shipping is FREE!

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