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building a retaining wall


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05-16-02, 11:05 AM   #1  
frank daniel
building a retaining wall

I need to add several pieces of lumber to my retaining wall but I don"t know how to secure them to the wall that is already there. The wall is made from lumber that looks like railroad ties lumber. Are they nailed in place ? I only need to add two or three rows to the wall to bring the height up. Any helpful ideas will be appreciated.

 
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05-16-02, 12:28 PM   #2  
There are both nails and screws made for that purpose. The nails you should be able to get at your local home center, the screws are more of a specialty item, but can't remember where I've seen them. The ones I remember have a hex head and are self-piloting as I recall. Since you're adding to the top of a wall I would be inclined to go with the big nails and a small sledge hammer. Good luck.

 
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05-16-02, 01:20 PM   #3  
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yep, really long nails.

I predrill holes into the railroad tie and use a 5 pound mallot.

 
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