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Small retaining wall, please take a look!!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lamblawnscaping, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. lamblawnscaping

    lamblawnscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I would like to get some advice from those of you who are experienced in small retaining walls. Attached is a pic, I would like to transition the cut-in into a retaining wall made of the stackable blocks available at home depot. The wall should start about 8 feet off the porch and wrap around back to the foundation of the house. I was just wondering how much you would charge for this job (before you ask me a million questions just look at the pic and come up with your own solution), and what things should I be thinking about, that I might miss when doing my first retaining wall.
  2. lamblawnscaping

    lamblawnscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    oops forgot the pic, here it is

  3. longslawn

    longslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    The blocks sold by Home depot and Lowes are designed to be only 6 courses high. Is this going to be high enough. The thickest I've seen is 6" so it would be a max of 36". If you need to be taller the makea larger block that is pegged together.
  4. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    Figure about $35 per face foot. Things to remember, down spout needs to be moved, underground utilities are near that corner and use a commerical wall unit, not a home owner unit. My reason on a commerical unit is you can get help desiging your wall.
  5. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    To get the kind of help that Paul is suggesting, call L.C.Smith in Alexandria and ask for Bill Bland. They carry several types of block.
  6. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Looks like you're going to be over 3' on the backside. Most contractor grade block will go 4' without eng. ( keystone, Diamond, Rockwood, Unilock, etc...) As far as Lowes block, just remember you get what you pay for. If what you're looking to make is a planting circle around that corner, figure what you'll be planting and size accordingly. If its for a specimen tree get it away from the house a good 10'. If that's the case I figure approx. 90 sq. ft. at $22-35 a foot.
    Make sure you have a clause for intangibles like utilities and bad access.
  7. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I cannot stress enough the need for a laser leveling device for this type of work. Especially on longer walls with multilevels. You can do it with out one, but the investment is well worth it.
  8. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    For bigger work a laser is nice but a standard builder level works for most of these smaller jobs, a bigger help would be a direct reading rodthis way you set your evevation once and can read all the grade changes with out doing any math! :)
  9. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Paul, I'm having trouble finding them in english inches (ie 1/4, 1/8). They seem to all be in tenths or fifths.
  10. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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