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Old 06-29-2006, 07:34 PM   #16
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4.26 a piece?! I thought you said these were the cheaper blocks? I thought the $2.00 blocks were pricey At that rate, it's $200 for just the first row that's underground and you can't even see it! Don't mind the cheapskate in me that's making those comments.

Anyhow, it looks great. Any chance of getting a straight on shot of the wall? Was there just a slope in the property there before?

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Old 06-29-2006, 07:49 PM   #17
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The Allan blocks were $4.35 each, slightly smaller, weighed only 33 pounds and would have needed to be filled with rocks or gravel, which would have added more to the expense of them and also more labor.

At $4.26, the 60 pound HD blocks are much more substantial, fit well and look much better too.

I am very happy that I got the blocks from HD.

There are cheaper blocks for 2 bucks but they are smaller and when you calculate the overall cost for the wall they don't come out to that much of a savings. For $100 or so difference, the wall looks much better with the big ones and also they go back farther and the wall is stronger than with using the smaller ones.
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:40 PM   #18
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did you glue to blocks together by any chance?

Looks real good, but have you considered putting on a cap layer?
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:43 PM   #19
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No, I just dry stacked them up. The blocks are solid and the tops are flat.
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Man, did this turn out nice? I'm so glad I came across this site today while surfing for information on retaining walls. Seeing the photos and getting to see the project as you went along re-generated my desire to do something to the back yard of a property we bought as a retirement home in upstate New York. Living in Las Vegas now.

Great looking dog too. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 04-11-2009, 07:49 PM   #21
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Thanks for your comments.
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Hey,

I am glad I found your project and pictures. I am doing a garden wall using Depot Windsor blocks @ 2.00 each. I am currently digging my trench to a suitable depth. I've read that some people use a string line when digging the trench. Is this necesary? Also, I picked up a bag of Depot's paver base, labeled step 1. Do you think this is ok to use? Step 2 is leveling sand. Did you use sand?

Finally, how important is it to level the dirt. I've been tamping and tamping and can't get my dirt level. I imagine leveling the base material is easier.

I appreciate any tips/suggestions you can offer. Thanks for taking the time to read. Here are some pics.

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:13 AM   #23
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Thanks.

Yes, I used a string, as mentioned in message #12.
I used an abc base mix, and tamped it with a homemade tamper made out of a 2x4.

I don't know anything about the base mix that you mentioned but imagine it should work fine.
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I checked post #12, and I get that you used the string to keep the row of blocks straight. Did you use a string to help you get to the proper depth when digging? I have found this isn't that helpful.
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I used the blade of the shovel for the depth.
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I built a similar retaining wall in my backyard, about 200 ft long, and if I could do anything over again, I would have put the first layer of block in a WIDE concrete foundation. Maybe a 1 ft wide and 18" deep foundation. Time is the worse enemy with things like this, and it's best to have an overly solid foundation. Fixing it will be a headache, so play it safe!
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A concrete foundation is waste and not recommended by any retaining wall company. You can possibly get away with it for a low wall, but definitely not for a higher wall of 4' to 40', where a compacted "gravel" road base works best and is easier to compact and level.

It has been proven and is a standard around the world where SRW units (segmental retaining wall) and DOTs, counties and municipalities all have standard designs that require a compacted soil base and not concrete.

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