Hardscaping Hacks - Pics

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Gilmore.Landscaping, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    I'm not real sure what's going on here, as I don't do this kind of work. However, the homeowner has hired a landscaper to come in and do a complete renovation of the whole property. The partial stones are something I don't understand, since only every-other run has them. There's a water problem, behind this wall that'll have to be addressed, for sure.


    There's something going on with the 3rd thru 6th runs, here. It's like the wall is moving outward and that area is the only part that isn't. Or, it was set back, in relation to the rest. It's a pretty good indentation.

    Ideas or thoughts?
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Regardless if/of the poor construction, it looks like they used the wrong block in this situation. Doesn't have a set-back as it goes upwards, almost like they used a free-standing wall block and not a retaining wall block. Or used a retaining wall block and made it go strait up.

    They may have gotten away with it if they had used a geo-mesh to tie the wall back into the hill (dead-man). That's the reason for the bowing on the 3-6 course of the wall. Even with a better block, your supposed to use a geo-mesh after the 4th course.

    Not sure about the partial blocks either. They did try and make sure that the courses were still staggered correctly after the corners, but usually manufactures have a specific method of modifying the block on the corner to keep the stagger, or provide a corner block. But it's hard to tell if that is a provided corner block, or they split the ends of the block on the corner.

    Unless this was the manufactures recommendation, but part of me doesn't believe that.

  3. 2beast

    2beast LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

  4. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,755

    What a clever way to incorporate a swimming pool.
  5. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    Oh the great season has Started.... Here are a few I have seen in my travels to far....

    1. 2" trip from driveway to flagstone
    2. Speaks for itself
    3. Speaks for itself
    4. Speaks for itself
    5. Best part is they plan to use it again as a pool in a few years....
    6. Speaks for itself






  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Some incredible stuff. You saw these all while doing estimates?
  7. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,878

    That swimming pool is hilarious!!

    Was that last pic of the wall with dirt as base homeowner built?
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  8. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    The bags keep the stone from washing out, or so I was told.

  9. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    And the pressure treated post holding up the hand rail is for what?....
  10. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    Most of these ones I see while doing Lawn Aeration. These aren't typically the market we are in for hardscape stuff.

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