How would you guys go about fixing this retaining wall? (have pics)

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Old 08-07-17, 05:26 PM
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How would you guys go about fixing this retaining wall? (have pics)

I've actually never done housework that involves tearing down something and building something back up. I'm not even sure if this thing is actually called a retaining wall.

I'm looking to replace this shoddy brickwork

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with wooden beams like this

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I'm not sure if I should call these wooden beams either, but these beams are about 5.5 inches tall, 2 feet, 6.24 inches long, and 5.5 inches wide.

In my head I just buy the beams at a hardware store, tear down the crummy brick wall, and lay down the beams where the bricks once stood, but because I've never done this before, I'm assuming that there's either a better or least expensive way to do it. How would you guys handle something like this?
 
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Old 08-07-17, 07:24 PM
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Landscape timbers are usually secured in place with rebar driven though hole that are drilled through the stack of timbers such that the rebar goes into the earth to support the structure over the long haul.
 
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Landscape timbers are approximately 3"x5", what you pictured is probably a pressure treated 6x6 [actual 5.5x5.5"] Landscape timbers come in 8' lengths while 4x4s and 6x6s come in 8' and longer lengths. Those 6x6 pictured were cut to those lengths.
 
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Replacing your brick edging and old wood with new wood is one option. It doesn't look like there is much if any elevation difference on the back side of the edging. You could have no edging and just mow grass right up to the edge of the driveway. The section up next to the house may require a bit of retaining wall.

Your existing wood looks mostly OK except it looks like they used shorter scrap pieces. On the cheap end you could drill 1/2" holes all the way through and hammer 2'+ stakes of 1/2" rebar to hold them in place. If you are in a freezing climate they may get lifted by the frost heave but they usually can be stepped on or pounded back into place in spring.
 
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