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Pool retaining wall install how to estimate

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by clyde, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. clyde

    clyde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Hi ,

    Can someone list some steps and how to go about putting a 3 foot retaining wall around the flower bed of a pool.

    I want to charge by the block and have it where the labor and material is fixed into it.

    I would like someone to list the procedure steps so I make sure i don't forget anything.

    1. Level spot for retaining wall after digging out.
    2. etc...
    3. etc...

    Would top soil , sand , or gravel be best at the bottom part.
    remember this is by a pool so i thinking it will have some water splashed out from time to time even though its about 10-15 feet out from water.

    Also do i need to put DEADMAN's into the dirt so far away or can I just place that orange net mesh as a stabilizer so the wall want start tilting out.

    What kind of glue?

    Hell if you have a link with these steps just post it.
    :weightlifter: Thanks
  2. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    ahh .. nevermind
  3. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    Why don't I just come down there and build the wall for you????:laugh:
  4. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Is this a set up!?!?! Am I on candid camera??? Am I being punked??:hammerhead: :dizzy: :hammerhead: :dizzy:

  5. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    How do you guys like you actually pull this off? Do you go out saying im a landscaper today, i can do this?. Sorry, if you dont know how to bid it you sure as hell can't build it. Wonder how this worked before everyone had computers. Now everyone can start bombing on me, i have asked questions have have offered help and still will. However i dont believe in people going out playing contactor and misleading customers. I run a legitamte business landscaping, hardscaping, etc., but i dont go out and do dry wall work and get on the internet and ask how to do it
  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    Hey Clyde...From your post: if your legit you really need some experience with the basics before you get into a contract situation. What the guys are trying to say is they can't train you all those things you are asking above here on the forum.
    that basically means you have no idea what you are doing. Nothing wrong with asking a question like: I have no idea how to build a SRW, could you guys tell me where I can got some info...books, videos, seminars, training, good links for learning. These guys make a living out this...they give freely of their experience and knowledge daily...just don't expect them to teach you the whole kaboodle that took them years to learn.

    If your not legit I hope you having a good time but don't forget mate...It will make you go blind in the end.:laugh:

    Have a nice day
  7. ynvvbr

    ynvvbr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90


    Orange netting??


    he did say block right???

    I am not one to criticize, but jesus no wonder our lives are getting harder.
  8. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Well put!
  9. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    I assumed this was a joke but then I recalled a conversation I had with a Nicolock rep and he told me that they had a major failure on a wall last summer and the contractor used orange construction fence for geo grid to save money. so people do stooooooopid sh!t.
    to answer the original post:
    I am VERY new to this hardscaping game. when I get asked to do a project that is above my head, I first check with other contractors I am friendly with and see if they can do it, then I get the job and work alongside an EXPERIENCED individual and get the job done. I have done this several times in the last year or so. I have learned more in the last year than you can ever imagine. but the most important thing I learned is this: DO it right, or do it twice. get help, lay off the dope and use your head. walls are serious sh!t and if not done right can kill someone. its not like planting an Azalea wrong. An Azalea won't suddenly jump out of the ground and land on a kid eating corn on the cob and kill him.

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