I wanted to replace the posts on my porch but the retaining wall was getting dangerously close to them so I had to address it first.
I started taking it down and I believe I may have bit off more than I can chew. I didn't expect it to have much drainage considering how much the wall has leaned in the few years I have lived here and the drainage rocks I have found is very deep and is under the corner of the fence. It is also surrounded in mesh which I suspect held dirt and wouldn't let water go through well.
The bottom three rows are very glued together and I can't budge them off of each other. I think I should clear out the dirt from behind the wall and then try to push the bricks back in place, then realign the higher bricks.
I suppose what I'd do is:
- Get some wood and screw it into the fence to support that post more, or create some tension to keep it hanging there by tying it to the two posts further up.
- Clear out the rocks on top
- Clear out dirt
- Empty out all of the drainage rocks
- Check for drainage pipe of some sort and either replace or get one
- Lay base for drainage pipe
- Add drainage hole on the side near the drain on my patio?
- Add the drainage pipe from above
- Get some geogrid and rebuild the wall using it loosely following this video
- Fill up rocks and dirt as they were before using geogrid on the way.
Am I correct? Am I doing anything wrong? How do I handle the glued together bricks?