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My retaining wall needs to be fixed/rebuilt since it's leaning, but I can't get any machines back there because house doesn't have much side or rear setback(maybe 5ft on each side) and behind the house is steep hill and above that another house.

Retaining wall is about 8ft tall, any suggestions on how to easiest and quickest fix this wall?

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A picture would help a lot – gregmac Apr 6 '11 at 21:35
What is the wall made of? – allindal Apr 6 '11 at 22:59
Are you actually able to dig out behind the retaining wall (even with manual methods) at all? – TravisPUK Apr 7 '11 at 16:15

My neighbor and I fixed his retaining wall along the steps to his basement years ago (when we were both in better shape and in our late 20s). We had it dug out by hand in a few hours, but it was mostly clay, and didn't require shoring up. If you've got a long length, or sandy soil that's going to keep filling in as you dig, it might not be a good option, but it's really not that much work.

Digging out a pit isn't as hard as something like trenching, where you're always bending over ... with digging out the retaining wall, you can get in the hole, so you're not constantly bending over.

There are also plenty of ditch-digging equipment that could easily get through a five-foot opening. If you really wanted equipment, measure how much space you have, and call your local tool rental shop; there's a whole class of 'mini-excavator' that might be able to get back there. If you needed to loosen the soil, you could use a tiller, but then excavate by hand.

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