Gabion basket can be used for underwater applications. Underwater gabion basket is placed in channels and along erosion-prone banks. Often placed in groups or specialty configurations, this kind of gabion basket minimize wave action and discourage further soil loss. At the same time, water drains easily through the mesh baskets. Gabion baskets are available with either PVC or galvanized surface treatment to prevent rusting.
1 Measure thearea where you want to build the gabion basket to obtain the correct size and quantity of it. For example, if the gabion baskets will form a gabion retaining wall, you should measure the dimensions of the available space. Take into account any slope or irregular land configuration that will affect the baskets’ installation.
2. Underwater project site measurements may be less straightforward. If you’re working in shallow water, work with an assistant to measure the approximate basket installation area.
3. Use a hand-held depth finder to measure water depth. In deeper water, carefully navigate a small boat with a standard depth finder or fish finder.
4. Gabion baskets come in a variety of sizes to accommodate many available spaces. Calculate the number and size of gabion baskets needed to achieve the correct overall configuration of your project site.
5. Contact manufacturers with a good selection of gabions. Several United States manufacturers supply gabion baskets of assorted sizes and configurations.