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Old 03-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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My neighbor's driveway runs along our property line and, for a length of about 50 feet, is 6 to 15 inches higher than the elevation of our property. There is a slope about 3 feet wide connecting our property at it's typical elevation with the edge of our neighbor's driveway. The slope is a grass and weed filled disaster so we want to remove the grass and weeds, build a wall, fill the area between their driveway and our wall with soil, and use it as a planter. We are in the planning stages and I am trying to determine if standard 8x4x2 clay bricks, mortared and built on a proper footing could be considered for the wall. The wall would be of variable height between 6 and 16 inches above grade, but most of it would be 12 inches and less. Can this wall be made of bricks? Thanks for any advice.

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Bricks and mortar could do it, but could be costly.

Look into segmental retaining wall block (SRWs) since a footing and mortar are no required.

In your area, there are suppliers in your area, but the problem will be the delivery of such a small amount, but brick, sand, and cement also are factors that can creep up.

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I don't know what winter is like in Seattle, but if the ground freezes to more than a few inches, take Dick's advice and go with the SRW. Or maybe a dry stack stone wall.

On the other hand if winters are mild without ground frost, the brick wall is a better option if you need it to match your house or other landscaping. A cheaper and easier DIY option would be poured concrete, especially if the drive is sloped.
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I think I will go with an SRW - I like the way it looks and it appears I could build it in a couple of installments which the budget would like. Thanks.
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