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Old 05-21-2012, 07:40 PM
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There probably are a lot of "beer money" guys who'd do it for that!
and with that, i have 10 posts and will try to pm you
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:44 PM
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:51 PM
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and with that, i have 10 posts and will try to pm you
and I failed.

SSmith, please just email me at "blkhawk661@aol.com" and i will email / call you back.

Obviously, this is my junk email address and people can spam it all day for all i care.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:34 AM
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1) Changing elevations: If I only built the wall to the height of the current terrain i'd be changing the level of my base multiple times. Which doesn't sound right. Given my lack of experience, should I just make the the base the same throughout? I hesitate to do this given additional dirt removal and cost.

2) Drainage: I had planned on using a single PVC pipe behind the base layer running the length of the way and draining on the far side away from the patio. Open to the air by point F. Additionally, 12 inches of gravel will be placed behind the wall per mfg specs. Is this sufficient drainage?

3) How do I over build?: I plan on being in this house for some time (perhaps 50 years) and later building a paver patio on top of it. My son will play on this, so I want it to be fail safe. I plan to use geogrid every other level starting with base and bury the entire first layer. Is reasonable? Any other considerations I should make?

4) Stairs: I tenatively would like to put stairs in between points B and C (though not 12 ft wide of course). Do i need to dig out that entire area or just step cut with new levels of base? Any special drainage requiredments?
anyone else have opinions on my initial questions?
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:58 PM
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anyone else have opinions on my initial questions?
Once you get to 1000 posts I'll help you.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:59 PM
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No wonder you never reply to my posts zedo
Well honestly to help you tackle that wall we need to write about 30 pages worth of information if not more good luck finding someone willing to put that time and effort
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:05 AM
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No wonder you never reply to my posts zedo
Well honestly to help you tackle that wall we need to write about 30 pages worth of information if not more good luck finding someone willing to put that time and effort
Nonsense. It'd only be about 25 pages.

I talked to this gentleman on the phone yesterday for 35 minutes. Very friendly and smart fella. Seemed like he had a lot of common sense which isn't very common.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:16 AM
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You're gonna need more than an excavator. Unless you wanna hump 30 tons of gravel with a wheel-barr. I don't think you realize what you're about to get into.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:14 PM
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You're gonna need more than an excavator. Unless you wanna hump 30 tons of gravel with a wheel-barr. I don't think you realize what you're about to get into.
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Come on, 30 tons? At 2" base you'll only need a pick up truck full.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:25 PM
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I don't think you realize what you're about to get into.
Correct, I didn't know. I thought a SRW was just building a base, adding drainage, and stacking block. I used to think that lots of time, sweat, and a little blood was all it would take. No longer.

I spoke with SSmith and then had a landscaper come out yesterday and they totally rained on my parade.

Given the following information, I have decided to cancel my venture
- the wall would be in a drainage field, requiring additional terraforming at the least
- the wall would take me weeks or months to complete
- it would be less expensive to have my entire hill side flattened out then to build a wall. Thus giving me 10 times as much flat space as the wall would have.

Thanks for all your help. I'll be doing some smaller projects this weekend. I've given up on this bigger wall, but will probably do some other smaller ones.
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