How to Build a Concrete Block Wall Above the Frost Line How to Build a Concrete Block Wall Above the Frost Line

What You'll Need
Shovel
Plywood
Nail studs
Stakes
Saw
Motor oil
Hammer
blocks/bricks

Building a concrete block wall can seem difficult at first, but by following a few instructions it is easier than you think. First you will want to check with your community's building department to determine whether or not you will need a permit.

Step 1 - Digging a Trench

Just below the frost line of your wall dig a trench. Make the area wide enough for the wall. You will need enough space to dig and pour.

Step 2 - Making the Forms

Saw 3/4 inch plywood into panels that are 3 inches taller than the height of the wall. You will want to extend these panels above the ground. To ensure easy removal, coat the plywood with motor oil. Hammer nails to 2-by-4 lumber into the plywood. Space these pieces 20 inches apart.

Step 3- Assembly

Construct the form with pieces of plywood and 2-by-4 wood. These will be the interior spreaders. Once the form is in place, you will want to make sure they are level. Brace these with stakes. Next you will push the form into the ground and drive the stakes.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

Once the concrete cures, remove the forms and cap the wall with bricks.

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