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#1 grnspot110 ONLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 07:38 AM

We have a low (14-16") retaining wall along the back of the drive that I put in 25+ years ago with a row of RR ties & two rows of landscape timbers.  It's rotting out, so it's time for replacement:  HPIM1702.JPG

 

Due to the quality of current ties & timbers, I'm replacing with concrete retaining wall blocks.  Not sure yet if I'll need two or three layers, I'll dig some of the old ones up today to see how many I need.  I've brought 60 blocks so far for the 38' wall.  HPIM1701.JPG

 

The blocks are on sale right now at Menard's & I'll be there twice this week, so I'll pick up more blocks then.


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Posted June 07, 2015 - 07:47 AM

I have a wall to build at some point too.
I'll be watching.
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Posted June 07, 2015 - 08:15 AM

Those make a nice looking wall. Be sure they are sitting on solid ground and pretty level to start.


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Posted June 07, 2015 - 09:27 AM

I have a wall to build at some point too.
I'll be watching.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 09:52 AM

The two most important things are a good base to build on and the backfill must be free draining. Kenny is right. The base must be solid and not frost susceptible. For ease and speed of construction it must be compact and level. When the wall is up, line the back of it with filter fabric and backfill with freedraining material such as a clean sand. The freedraining material should be less susceptible to frost heave. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 07, 2015 - 11:55 AM

I'm only going to have to use two layers & the top layer will be from ground level up.  So all I really have to worry about is a solid, level base.  My main tools are a sturdy trowel, rubber dead-blow mallet & torpedo level.


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Posted June 09, 2015 - 08:39 AM

I need to do the same thing, but mine needs to be about 2'- 2 1/2' tall to prevent dirt from coming over, gravel driveway keeps getting mud piles on it. I can't afford much of anything to do it right now, I want to do railroad ties.



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Posted June 11, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Those retaining walls made with those blocks are nice.
There was a house I used to walk by every day on the way to school in elemetary.
It had a retaining wall made of paving brick from the streets when paved that was about 6 ft high.
A couple years ago a guy bought that hilly place and terraced it, put in a garage and parking area and did all the retaining walls with those blocks. I would guess he had well over 1000 blocks in that project?

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Posted June 11, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Got all the blocks I need, about $180 for a 38', two block high wall.  Put some in, but it may be a while before it's finished!


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Posted June 11, 2015 - 05:03 PM

I have a flower bed retaining wall rotten I need to replace this fall. Going with similar stone.
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Posted June 14, 2015 - 08:32 AM

When I was a kid a fellow my dad worked for part time doing custom farm work had a retaining wall about 5' high over a 100' long all from field stone. I still remember how nice that looked with lawn in front of it and above behind it.

Wish I knew how to lay field stone like that. I would build one here.

 

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 08:39 AM

Hi GRNSPOT110

If and when you start your wall dig out base  for concrete 3 inches should be enough unless you intend building wall higher at a later date make sure the top of the concrete finishes i inch below ground so that your first  row of bricks  starts i inch below ground level this gives you a neat finish and looks good

every so often put a piece of 2 inch pipe through the wall to let the water run out behind the wall hope you can follow my hints 

George S



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Posted September 07, 2015 - 01:17 AM

I built a wall early this year from random stones. Most came from my yard. Others I picked up during travels here and there. If I saw a good looking rock I would grab it. I did cheat and buy a pallet of stone for the capstones. I haven't finished the cap yet, but it turned out ok considering I have neither skills or talent.image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg

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Posted September 07, 2015 - 05:52 AM

Looks good!


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