patio walk way & block wall built

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by sally, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. sally

    sally LawnSite Member
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    Hi, I have retaining wall block already for a 3x50 foot wall, they are 80 pounds a piece each block. I was wondering what a good price woulod be for install since I have been told differnt amounts from 10 - 30 dollars a foot.

    also I would like a stone walk way uses i guess u call call paito stone, 1-2 inch thick stone in different size & shape for a walk way. which I would like to be 4 feet wide & its about 100 feet long. was sure if its some i can do myself. I had some one tell me to use sand then some one else to me to used stone dust becasue it packs good & thats what they us for paver & not sand. I thought you were to use sand i saw on bob villa for paver & not the stone dust out of curiosity. than kyou sally:walking::usflag:

    here are photos of the blocks & the area for them to go. I would like them to go against where the black top is. its about 60 feet long & i think there are 350 or a little more blocks. Behind it i was told I need support & was thinking about using 6 inch by 6 inch wide treated wood to make a box for plants I would liek that to be 3 feet deep & to be 3 feet high to match the wall of stone.
    you can see it easy to get to the back of the house wher the wall will be built.
    thank you sally
  2. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Post pictures, not links.............can't see a thing.
  3. sally

    sally LawnSite Member
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  4. copeblk

    copeblk LawnSite Member
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    so you want the wall along the drive?? not sure what the grade of the lawn is but if it was me i'd put it back toward the tree line and have a flatter lawn area. still not sure what it is your asking, is this a do it yourself job, sure if you know what your doing. you need to excavate, 8-10" base, 1 block burried below ground level, fill behind wall with clean fill, oh and don't forget the drain pipe...also make sure it is level. yeah it can be done, as far as paying someone to do it, cost depends on location, that job may be $30 a foot where you are but only $10 in other parts of the country. i would sujest, contacting a coulple of companies and see what they could do for you. good luck
  5. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pressure treated wood behind an SRW is a terrible idea. Besides, those block have a lip system that gives the wall a batter and building a planter box behind it as "support" is a disaster waiting to happen.

  6. sally

    sally LawnSite Member
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    ok is there a better way to support the wall then, I only payed shipping for the blocks, a friend worked for a company who was gonna throw throw the blocks away so it was cheap to ship them. I figured if i built a planter box behind it abotu 3 dfeet wide would give support. since your not going to see the sides unless you stand in the woods. the view is from the house which is where the black top is. thank you. just trying to get ideas what to do or cost. what would it cost to do the wall itself. i know i need something behind to support it, thats why i thought about a planter box. i seen these big concrete blocks in parking lots before maybe 4-5 feet long 2-3 feet wide 2 feeet maybe high. would they work? & where could you get them oro what do they cost?
  7. Humble Earth Mover

    Humble Earth Mover LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like you want a freestanding wall to border the driveway the same way the wood was doing previously. In that case, you have the wrong type of block. You would need a double sided wall block with no lip. I believe you are saying you want to build planter boxes on the back side of the wall so the wall can lean on something? Definitely a bad idea. The block are intended to utilize their mass to hold back earth, while at the same time being flexible enough to tolerate the earths constant movement. If you wanted to build this wall as you suggest, you would need to have a few triaxle loads of fill brought in to raise the grade behind the wall, as well as clean stone for drainage. Do yourself a favor and call a contractor with experience. I think the biggest hurtle for homeowners on building any hardscape project is that they underestimate the physical demand on their body, especially when they are not conditioned for it. Trust me, without the proper conditioning and strength in your back, after a few hours of carrying 80lb blocks, fatigue will set in and your mind will stop working properly. That's when mistakes are made. Mistakes cost money and sometimes far worse.

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