Novice building a retaining wall: Pics and drawings included

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by blkhawk661, May 21, 2012.

  1. blkhawk661

    blkhawk661 LawnSite Member
    from KY
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    and with that, i have 10 posts and will try to pm you
     
  2. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
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    There may be a delay
     
  3. blkhawk661

    blkhawk661 LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 16

    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.
     
  4. blkhawk661

    blkhawk661 LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 16

    anyone else have opinions on my initial questions?
     
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Once you get to 1000 posts I'll help you. :laugh:
     
  6. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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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
     
  7. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
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    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.
     
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Come on, 30 tons? At 2" base you'll only need a pick up truck full.
     
  10. blkhawk661

    blkhawk661 LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 16

    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. *trucewhiteflag*
     

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