Retaining Walls


Old 04-30-02, 12:43 PM
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I want to attempt to put up some kind of retaining wall approx. 6' high tapering along the length to 1' for a length of approx. 60 feet. My yard is so small with most of it steep slope. I'd love more flat area for some veggy plants. What are some suggestions and building details for the least expensive way of doing this myself? I'm not rich at all.
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Old 05-01-02, 08:05 PM
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Hello RichMan

I think a wall that tall will need to be designed to withstand some pretty incredible hydrostatic, overturning and underturning forces - if you were to go to your local municipal building department, you'd probably find that it'll need to be designed by an engineer and approved by that department before you were allowed to build...

Do you have enough room to create terraces or steps where you could plant your garden beds? - A few stepped walls less than 2 feet high would withstand the pressures behind them a lot easier than one massive one...


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