retaining wall question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by nobagger, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I am going to build a retaining wall for a friend out of railroad ties he wants it 6ft tall but his new house has a back yard about 15ft long and about 15-20ft down very very steep! there is already errosion happening. How would you secure the first few rows. Any help would be great. Thank you in advance.
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    A wall that large needs engineering, whatever material you make it with. You looking at tremendous liability with a wall of that size. Best advice would be to seek some experienced local guidance.

  3. buffalo bill

    buffalo bill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I echo this advice but, question using a tie wall instead of a SRW.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    If i understand this correctly, you have a 15' distance out, and a 15' drop? So in other words a 1-1 slope? Engineer the wall and use something permanent like SRW instead of wood that termites will have eaten apart in 5 years.
  5. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    The customer I met with today wanted ties for a 100 foot long by 8 foot high wall !! I told him no way buddy. Too much liability, those things are made for small walls.
  6. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Thats a cliff, not a yard

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