Retaining wall help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bmh1202, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. bmh1202

    bmh1202 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    I need some help on a retaining wall project. I've got a 7-8 ft bank that I'm using railroad ties on. No problem there. Were I'm stumped is on the ends. The guy has steep driveway that runs perpendicular to the wall, he wants block to wrap around from the end of the ties to the top of the drive. My question is how do I tie the two together?
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Changing materials on a wall is problematic. I recommend calling Binkley and Ober for info on a Versa-Lok Wall (Ask for John Morris to answer your questions). That will be a more permanent wall and the technical data that you need will be available. A timber wall will need to be dug out so much further into the hill for the deadmen, causing so much extra distrubance to the site, I much prefer the segmental retaining walls.
  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Although if this is a 7-8' tall bank, with vehicular surcharge, he's gonna have lotsa diggin' either way - grid or deadmen.

    Talk him outta the timbers - their gonna rot anyway. Over the course of 20 years it's going to cost him twice as much to use timbers, because they'll have to be built twice, compared to once with segmental retaining wall block. (Unless you've already started with the timbers)

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