I have a big problem and i need your guys expert help

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by yeayea14, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. yeayea14

    yeayea14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I have a major drainage problem in my back yard, my yard is a slope and a pretty steep one at that its eroding around my concrete patio which holds my deck that is two stories up and also around my other concrete walk ways in my back yard.

    I do not offer hardscaping services and have never done it but since it my home i want to attempt to build a 4 ft retaining wall i guess it would really be 6-7 foot with the depth of the trench. My father has worked construction for years and has done a few retaining walls in his life but never with ep henry.

    I want to know which wall system would be best and how to go about this and do it the correct way.

    I would greatly appreciate your help.

    Thanks, Paul
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    Sounds like you need a real retaing wall, not a decorative EP Henry wall.

    I'm a Cornerstone wall block guy. Easy to work with. Pictures might enable some us experts to offer you some thoughts.

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  3. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,272

    I like to use Allan Block Europa, it is very easy to work with and each block is one sq' so installation goes very fast. As long as its not near a road or parking lot they are very durable. If you are looking for a cheaper block the Allan BLock AB Classic is almost half the price but they are not as durable as the Europa Dover.
  4. yeayea14

    yeayea14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    DVS yes i need a real retaining wal lol nothing decorative will fix my problem and i will get you pics ASAP

    Scag rider - Thanks for the input and its not near a road or parking lot it's my back yard im having a serious problem with erosions we had a storm 3 days ago that swept away a good six inches of dirt and every time be have a bad storm there's always 3-6 inches of erosion this year alone i probably lost a good foot to foot and a half of dirt
  5. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 517

    Keystone also make a nice srw that uses fiberglass pins and is fairly easy to put up. Sounds like drainage will be your biggest problem, What size pipes are you going to use, 12" or larger with a few surface drains. Don't under size your drainage go with a step bigger pipe than you think you will ever need.

    This not the best looking wall but it is one that I built for my own house.
    All Keystone Compact with standard units for the steps. This wall system has 175 Tons of gravel under it and behind it. With a ton of drainage and extra geogrid.




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