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Old 04-23-2013, 10:02 AM   #16
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How high is this wall going to be? Just tall enough to hold back that little slope where you have removed sod (~2-3 courses above grade)?

Also, I don't see how the current position of your toe drain will allow you to run it to daylight. It is below the grade of the sidewalk all around. You'd likely need to install it on TOP of the material that is backfilled behind the bottom course.

The highest part of the wall is going to be slightly higher than the top step in the background about 3ft, i'm going to have my wall make take a 90degree turn into the hill, and i'll be adding a mulch and flower bed where the grass is now.

The drain pipe will not be placed where it is in the photo, it's going to go above the first coarse.

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #17
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how does this sound 2 A sub base (modified) for my base and 3/4" quarry stone to back fill.

good?
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how does this sound 2 A sub base (modified) for my base and 3/4" quarry stone to back fill.

good?
Should be. The 2A base might have some big rocks that make it tough to get the top perfectly level. Just pluck those out and fill in with some of the finer material when you are compacting the top.

Are you just using a hand tamper? I doubt a plate compactor would even fit in a trench that narrow?
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Is there another stone you suggest. I live just outside of Philadelphia if there is a place that delivers the right stuff I'd love to know.

I looked at www.mulch-it.com to find the 2a base

I have an 8x8 tamp
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Is there another stone you suggest. I live just outside of Philadelphia if there is a place that delivers the right stuff I'd love to know.

I looked at www.mulch-it.com to find the 2a base

I have an 8x8 tamp
It's very regional what things are called. Looks like essentially a road base material, which should be good. It should compact nice and tight, especially if you wet it lightly during tamping. Only tamp ~2" at a time. On your top layer you can pluck out the big stones to get a nice flat surface. Wouldn't be a terrible idea to use the same material BEHIND the first course as backfill as well, and then have your drain line on top of that.

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