First Retaining Walls

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by drsogr, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here are my first retaining walls that I have done. They are both on the same house. I had done borders...but no real retaining walls to speak of. Remember these are my first...so be nice! The customers were overwhelmed with how well it turned out. I had explained to them that these would be my first, and gave them a slight price break because of that.

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  2. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here is the other wall with stairs.

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  3. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will be doing the plantings and installing the sod when the weather cools back down. They don't want me to plant in 100+ weather.
     
  4. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    Came out nice for the first time, LOT better then what I have seen. But there are some problems I will point out.
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    i'm impressed but i'm also still learning on block walls...........care to point out the problems?
     
  6. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    Here they are. With the red arrows they point out the slope. You should have leveled this out. They lime green- once you leveled this area out it looks like that there is a garage under the deck, no? If so then this should be concreted or paved. With the blue I see no walway, ext it may just be the angle the pic was taken at. I also see no drainage pipes. Ther are some more coming.

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  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    slopes, gotcha.........i was looking for something structural
     
  8. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    Here are the last. With the pink circle I hope the blocks have been glued or cemented if not they WILL fall. With the blue how the pic was taken it looks like there is only 1' between the bottom and top wall. Is this correct or is it just the pic? Other then that it looks good.

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  9. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How did you do the arrows. Thanks,
    Mike
     
  10. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    Saved the pic then edited it paint and drew the arrows. Since the ground wasn't leveled if it does get leveled and the wall block doesn't go that far down you WILL have to replace the wall.
     

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