How long can a retaining wall be down?

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Old 05-22-15, 02:28 PM
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How long can a retaining wall be down?

My retaining wall needs to be replaced badly and while I'm gung ho to do it myself, all I can seem to find is directions on "new construction" walls. My question is: what's the time line between removing the landscape timbers and all the packed dirt crashing down on me? I would assume that I have a day or two of safety since it's been packed for so long but also, since it's at the end of my pool (not structurally holding anything important) I don't want to play around too long.
 
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Old 05-22-15, 03:00 PM
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It's hard to say since so much depends on both the type of soil and weather. I'd get all my ducks lined up and then start the project. Anything that slides down you'll just have to deal with.
 
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Revealing which state or province you're in would probably allow people to be a little more accurate in making a prediction.
 
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Old 05-22-15, 05:19 PM
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Sorry...first time posting. I'm in upstate NY.
 
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since it's at the end of my pool
Could you erect some type of barrier next to the pool to protect it while you work?
 
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How close to the end of that pool, 2', 10'. more?
How high is the wall?
How long in the wall?
Pictures are best.

I'm in frost country as well and although you can't answer your question with what my soil does that is all I can offer until we know more.

Frost is my biggest problem. The one slope I have would slid down each spring as the frost dropped out. Rain is next as it will soften the soil and if runoff gets a path through my high area it becomes a low area. Finally stabilized for 10 years now, but when I do upgrade it I will work in the dry season.

Bud
 
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