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Old 11-09-2004, 10:25 PM
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Waterfront Retaining Wall

Here's our latest creation. Allan Block wall (no surprise there) on the water, about 80' in length. It should be done in one more day. Did two others down the road last year. Quoting both neighbors for next year, and looking like another two more on board next year down the lake a bit.

I hope no one minds one pic per post. I like it better that way.

here is what we started with.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:32 PM
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Place was a real mess. Guy is a pack rat like you read about! He didn't end up moving most of the stuff cuz he recently had to go in for unexpected heart surgery. Ya know, the same thing happened to the guy I did the wall for last year down the street -- I guess I'm charging enough!

Here are the stairs under construction. You can see the grid.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:36 PM
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I didn't get a good pic, but in front of the house there is a concrete patio. I was sitting on it with the mini x, dumping dirt onto the other side of the firepit, then moving it out with the skid -- all along hoping it didn't crack, or worse, give. UGH.

Also ended up with both front tires on the skid flat the first day. Pulled a lot of sh!t out with the existing "wall".
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:39 PM
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Here's a comprable "before" pic to the last one posted.

see what I mean about Pack Rat?
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:44 PM
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got any detailed pics of the stair comstruction? i've done alot of walls myself, but never the stairs. i like the way you always add them in. what do you use for the stair top.. lime stone? and are they back filled with gravel? what do you use to to secure the stair topper? and cut them to the shape you designed... too many questions for you?
i see your significant other in these pics. how do you get any work done while she's standing there naked??
oh yeah, nice work, blah blah blah.
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we're done on this end. Just a few more courses down by the stairs, which will step down 9 courses to 7.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:50 PM
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got any detailed pics of the stair comstruction? i've done alot of walls myself, but never the stairs. i like the way you always add them in. what do you use for the stair top.. lime stone? and are they back filled with gravel? what do you use to to secure the stair topper? and cut them to the shape you designed... too many questions for you?
i see your significant other in these pics. how do you get any work done while she's standing there naked??
oh yeah, nice work, blah blah blah.


yes, too many ?????'s. Remember, I voted for Bush, I am therefore by definition, a "simpleton"

I don't know if I have any more detailed than that. I can snap a few more on the final courses. And yes, everyone seems to love the stairs.

The stair treads are the matching AB caps. Never used anything else to date... I take that back -- I used pavers a few times, but never with Allan Block. I always offer it.

They are backfilled with 3/4 crushed stone, then about 12" more stone behind the block. Behind that you can just use on-site fill. I brought in extra 3/4 crushed gravel for this job.

Treads are secured with masonry adhesive (specifically for caps). Other than the very first step, which is a radius (not looking forward to cutting those) the other steps are exactly a cap deep. They will require an angled cut on each end.

It ain't easy working with a hottie standin' there worshiping you, but hey, I'm used to it.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:52 PM
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Surely the question is coming, so...

$500 for permit prep
$11,500 for wall

Comes to about $28/sf.
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Old 11-09-2004, 10:59 PM
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i will try that eventually. if i can ever get from behind a lawnmower to take on bigger projects. good job, as always.

dude, i know its been 86 years, but the signature is killing my screen size for weeks! i can never find the "quote" button when i have to disagree with you. its way off to the side on another page.
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dude, i know its been 86 years, but the signature is killing my screen size for weeks! i can never find the "quote" button when i have to disagree with you. its way off to the side on another page.
Yes, the signature is a bit much, isn't it?

I promise to get rid of it soon, say, another 86 years or so.....

BTW, don't you mean "i can never find the "quote" button when i have to AGREE with you." ????
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