how do i do this

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mikeshere89, May 17, 2003.

  1. mikeshere89

    mikeshere89 LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 117

    i want to learn how to build a retaining wall, some of my friends are telling me i am biting off more than i can chew, i can cut grass very well with some of the straightest lines in town and am learning more and more everyday thanks to you folks, but as far as grass,mulching,and planting i want to expand into landscaping and maybe even irrigation, my question is how do i get started? ive had people ask me to build them walls and i tell them im not experienced enough to do this, althou i believe i can i just dont want to put it on my nickel and if i **** it up im the one paying for it. so how do u guys break into new grounds? trial and error? thanx for this site thou cause its already saved me hundreds of dollars.
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    if it is a retaining depends on how big it actually is. You might need a contractors license for something really big. I would first check with all of the laws first.
  3. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Sometimes manufactures put on workshops ... perhaps start at your own house or any relative ... lots of reading if you do a search but nothing can teach you like hands on experience.
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    I'm also going to be learning how to do a retaining wall with them big bricks for around our pool, I think i know what to do, but the guy at the landscape supply place said to come in with a sketch of what i need to be done with measurements and he would sit down with me and walk me through it.

    No gaurrantees your guy'll help you, but mine said he'd be glad to as long as he wasn't too busy.
  5. Georgiehopper

    Georgiehopper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Many of the suppliers of wall stone have workshops and even your local Home Depot has them.
  6. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    Usually the supplier which you buy from has some type of tutorial on how to build them. I'm sure that you would be able to find something online as how to do it. To tell you the truth its really not that hard and now a days hardscaping is a hell of a big business.
  7. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    On the one hand, its not hard to build a wall. On the other, there are site issues and geo-technical issues that you need to be aware of so that you don't try to build a wall that is doomed to fail. The more information that you gather to take with you to the supplier, the more chance of success you have.

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