the first step in building a wood retaining wall is to carefully plan where the wall needs to be built. most retaining walls are built on land that slopes, and the wood retaining wall is meant to be an attractive and strong support to keep the slope from sliding.
steps: 1. set up wooden stakes and nylon strings to represent the height and perimeter 2. stretch another level line near ground to represent the top of the first course 3. dig a 12-inch-deep trench around perimeter of retaining wall. 4. use a hand tamper to compact the bottom of the
in this tutorial, i will show you how to build a simple retaining wall. my first project was a fire pit and a patio combination and the second involved replacing a rotting wood retaining wall. stone retaining walls really do add a touch of elegance to your outdoor landscape projects.
how to build a wood retaining wall - digging your holes mark your post hole locations on the ground with chalk. make a shallow 12 inch 30 cm deep trench. dig 18 inch 46 cm deep holes.
build a retaining wall step 1 use post-hole digger to dig 2 end post holes 600mm deep. step 2 cut posts to length with circular saw: 600mm plus height of the wall step 3 stand a post in 1 hole, make plumb and level. step 4 half-fill hole with water, then pour in quick-set concrete. step 5 run
this post-and-plank system is based on the way seawalls or bulkheads work. you set posts into the ground, vertically, then plank behind them. this creates a wall with texture and shadow lines with nice hollows between the posts for plantings or grass. and, because theres so much post buried in the earth,
how to build a wood retaining wall position retaining wall. once you know where you want the wall then you begin to dig out cut posts. cut your 4x4 posts to the length of your wall and then add up to 18 inches drainage. before you begin digging holes and putting in the framework for the wood
to start, establish the line of the wall, excavating 200mm behind it, then use a laser level or dumpy to set the finished height of the wall either end, setting out a stringline as a guide. be sure to install drainage behind the wall using geotech filter cloth, agflo pipe and gravel, says frank.
building a retaining wall of blocks, concrete or rock can be hard work. however, wood retaining walls can be constructed very easily with a few simple tools and some basic woodworking skills. position retaining wall. once you know where you want the wall then you begin to dig out and begin clearing out the ground near the area.
a nicely constructed retaining wall can turn your unusable back yard into a safe, level area that you can actually use. retaining walls can be made from all kinds of materials - old railway ties, wood, natural stone, and concrete are just a few of the options. pre-cast concrete. one great option for retaining walls specifically is pre-cast
check with your community's building department before setting out to build a retaining wall.many codes require a permit for any structure that holds back what amounts to thousands of pounds of earth, and most limit the height of an amateur-built retaining wall to 3 feet.