Retaining Wall Help

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Old 05-10-11, 11:05 AM
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Retaining Wall Help

I am building a retaining wall, 16'' high by 20' long, I was advised that fence height should be the depth you bury the posts at (seems overkill for my situation, 16"up and 16"down). I would like to set the posts in pea gravel (no concrete if possible). More on the eco-friendly side so no pressure treated wood, Any advice on an adequate depth to sink the posts and should a sealant be used as well or any other advice that can be given to add life to the wall
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Old 05-10-11, 02:52 PM
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For such a small retaining wall the segmental retainin wall block my be a good solution - TNo concrete footing used and no mortar between the block. All organic/natural and no chemicals.

For such a low wall the smaller block may be satisfactory. You dig down about a foot and put in a conpacted gravel "footing"/ base so the bottom of the first block is about 8" below. If you want to over-do it, the larger block 6-8" high, about 16" long and 8 or 12 " thick would be more than enough. Not posts are ever used.

They are available everywhere in different colors (iron oxide pigments and no anilil or chemicals for color.

Dick
 
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Old 05-10-11, 03:38 PM
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I'm a bit confused by your post. Are you building a retaining wall, a fence or both?

To answer your question about fence posts, a good rule of thumb is 1:2. One foot of post depth for every two feet of exposed post. I like to pour a dry bag of concrete around the posts. I would not use pea stone, I think you would end up with a wiggly post. Instead put some pea stone at the bottom of the hole for drainage and tamp the removed earth back around the post.

There are a couple of wood species that make good fence posts. Both black locust and eastern red cedar heartwood are very rot resistant. I have 25 year old locust posts that show no signs of rot. Alongside my property is a row of barbed wire fence posts that the owner told me were installed by his father in the 40's. They are red cedar.

Then again, I consider PT posts environmentally friendly.
 
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Old 05-11-11, 05:57 PM
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Thanks Wayne, yes I am building a retaining wall, after doin some research it turns out that now days PT board is definitely alot safer, regardless the wife wants a more natural look so I may still not use it. As far as the posts go I suppose I could just treat the wood and bury it the way you recommended
Chad
 
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