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My yard is eroding away and taking my house with it: what's the cheapest way to build a retaining wall to stop it?

We can't get grass to grow in spots in our backyard due to a combination of dogs, trees, and shade. Behind the house is a hill. A third of it has a retaining wall built with rail road ties. It has ...
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How to make a Tall Retaining Wall

Recently, as in September [Final close date was 11/13/2015] this year, I bought a house. This house is on an extreme incline. I would like to level out this incline. The front first floor of the ...
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Can a retaining wall follow a slope?

We've got a 50' stretch of yard that has a very gentle side to side slope that we can't easily eliminate (fences on each side built at different heights). We want to build a retaining wall along that ...
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My timber retaining wall is tipping over

My timber retaining wall is falling over, I'm just wondering what my options are? Is there a way to fix what I've got, or will I need to dig this whole area out and rebuild? You can't tell from the ...
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Should a 3'-4' retaining wall have interlocking blocks?

I'm building a 3'-4' retaining wall in my backyard and I'm in the process of choosing block. One of the blocks I like isn't engineered with any kind of lip or interlocking feature. Is this necessary ...
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How to saw inground lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber. A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change the lumber. There is also a perpendicular long piece of lumber that crosses ...
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How to fix a retaining wall that is difficult to access behind the house?

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 ...
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How do I compact backfill behind a retaining wall under a driveway?

I have a retaining wall that is on the property line. Along the top of the wall is my driveway. Part of the wall has given way and needs to be rebuilt. I think I have everything figured out except how ...
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Can I build a 28" retaining wall using blocks with no lip?

I am building a wall that is 10.5' long and 28" high. There will also be side walls sloping down from both corners to enclose a patio. I would like to use blocks that are 15" wide, 5" tall and 8" ...
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How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?

I have a concrete wall that separates my backyard with my neighbor’s. It has been there for decades (at the very least 30 years). I have a slope of about 30 degrees and have noticed that the wall is ...
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Can I build a retaining wall along an existing fence?

Our yard has a small slope to it, and we wanted to make it level. (Mainly so we can put a swing set in for our kids.) I was thinking I could build a small retaining wall and just fill it in, but would ...
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Does anyone know if concrete blocks with half-moon tops are made?

I'm planning to finish a concrete block fence and would like to cap it with a rounded half-moon style block for aesthetics (the whole thing will be covered with surface-bonding cement for an adobe-ish ...
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Retaining wall: footing or no footing?

I'm looking to build a retaining wall on my sloped backyard. I'll be using cinder blocks (with mortar to join them together and rebar for added stability). (added info: at the lowest point the wall ...
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Using a boulder wall as an 8' retaining wall (Dallas area)

I've got an 8' retaining wall, runs about 120' across the back of my property (faces my house). It's railroad ties and has about run its life. I'm looking to replace with some kind of stone/block ...
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How do I take apart a wooden retaining wall?

I have a retaining wall, sorta. It acts as a divider between homes rather than retain anything. Built the same way as one, with 6x6 boards, spikes, all that jazz. No deadmen, of course. I need to ...
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Can I use Mason Sand under Pavers?

I put an inch layer of mason sand down over a compacted base of process, and am about to lay large concrete pavers (18"x18", 12"x18", and 9" square) down. Now I'm reading that I should have used ...
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Can a concrete block be split the same way you cut stone?

I just bought a house with a large retaining wall built out of stackable concrete blocks. At one intersection there's an extra block that sticks out awkwardly. If I score a line with a chisel can I ...
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Check retaining wall drawing

Wondering if I can have people's thoughts on this retaining wall I'm building. It's a mortared CMU wall with rebar 24" o.c. It's on a slope and it will have a concrete slab and a fence right above the ...
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Do I need to do any maintenance for a wood retaining wall?

What do you do to protect your wood retaining wall to stand for extreme weather condition (hot and cold)? I just look at mine and thought that before winter arrive do I need to do something. Is it ...
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Using Fence as a retaining wall

I have a fence, nearby which around which the ground is not level. the Kick boards (pressure treated) are around 2' high. Can i fill dirt and use fence as retaining wall. there is a post every 4'. If ...
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What's the best way to get grade below foundation wall?

We just discovered that the cause of some water staining on the internal sill-plates on top of the basement foundation wall are due to the outside grade sitting ~2 inches above the foundation wall!! ...
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Minimum setback for retaining wall

Is there a minimum distance needed between a retaining wall and a home? I've seen many homes with a sloped back yard, such that there is a 6' high above ground retaining wall between the backyard and ...
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How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?

My retaining wall is made of two parallel "walls". One is made of 16x8x12 Concrete Masonry Units and the other will be 8x4x2 bricks. The CMUs are to have mass to hold the hill, while 8x4x2 are to be ...
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Retaining Wall needing proper drainage

I have a 78 ft long retaining wall that has efflorescence occurring and a crack down the wall that has two blocks cracked. I know I need to dig behind the wall and properly put in drainage, but here ...
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What rock to use to fill behind a retain wall?

I've got a small retain wall I'm building to help fight some erosion in my backyard. I've got paver base, tamper, block, and cap to start the project but I was wondering if I needed additional rock ...
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Rebar Spacing in a concrete footer

I have some rotting timber retaining walls that were built between boulders. I want to replace them by pouring concrete footers and stacking CMU blocks. I also want to add some rebar to help ...
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Building a retaining wall

I live in Zone 5. Frost level is 36". I need to install a retaining wall against a bank that is about 30'. I am wondering how deep or wide of footing I should install. Retaining wall will need to be ...
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What is the proper name for these retaining wall blocks?

I started a retaining wall with rounded concrete blocks and am not able to find additional blocks to finish the job. I've looked extensively and cannot find a supplier. Having a more specific name for ...