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Old 04-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #16
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The dirt only needs to be nominally level, the base is what you level.

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:04 PM   #17
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I built 3 of those walls at my house with some help on the first to get the concept down. Like was said above, get the base level, then level each block as you put them down. Check each, with the ones you previously installed with a 4' (or larger) level.

When we finished building the walls, I went back to Home Depot to get the caps. I was told they didnt have them and I was only able to order a skid or more. I only needed about 40-50 of them, so I wasnt going to order hundreds of them. I called Anchor and they told me that a customer ordered a large quantity and returned a portion of them to another Home Depot almost 2 hours away. I called, varified they had them and went to pick them up. Thats when all hell broke loose. The manager I spoke to was helping me load them up when another manager said "they are not for sale. They were special order and we dont have a skew for them, etc, etc. " This guy was determined to have me unload them from the truck and drive 2 hours home with no caps. The other manager really went to bat for us and charged us for a different wall cap they actually stock. The manager with the problem turned his back to deal with someone else, we paid and got the h*ll out of there before he noticed. lol.

Bottom line is, if you want caps for that wall, make sure you can get them first.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:30 PM   #18
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I was wondering if Depot had the caps. I picked up some paver base from Depot. I assumed this would be fine to use as a base. Am I right? What did you use as a base?
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:45 PM   #19
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I used 3/4" modified stone. Once tamped down, it was nice and smooth. If I remember correctly, those Anchor blocks dont recommend using sand to level, just the modified stone. I think the paver base should be fine. I think they sell "paver base step 1" (3/4" modified stone) and "paver base step 2" (filtered sand). Make sure what you have is the 1st step stuff.

I helped my dad do a 18x12 patio last summer. He ordered 3/4" modified stone and wasnt there when it was delivered. They delivered some crushed granite and he didnt realise it was incorrect. He wheel barrowed it through the house and into the yard. We arrived with the tamper and knew right away it was the wrong stuff. It took forever to tamp and we were using a gas powered plate compactor. We knew we should not have used it, but stubborness prevailed.
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Old 04-26-2009, 08:42 PM   #20
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Here's my new wall. The installers felt that it's too low to require crushed stone.. they said just landscape fabric and soil will be fine. But because I'm in charge of the backfill, I feel like adding crushed stone to be safe... the distance of the wall to the dirt behind it is only 6 inches or less in most spots.. so it's not like I have a thick area to add stone to.

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That wall looks incredible. I dont know if I would accept not using crushed stone under it though, but if they are a reputable company and gaurantee it, then I guess live with it and see if anything changes.
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Where are you located?
Its better to start a new thread then adding on to someone else's thread

1st pic looks like its already back filled ??
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I'm located in West Hartford, Connecticut.

It's not backfilled yet. That first pic is just the existing garden behind the wall, there's a few inches between that and the wall itself.

The wall is built on what was extremely condensed clay soil and compacted stone dust.
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I would just use native soil in your case. Compact it as you go. Since it's a clay soil you should be fine. The weight of the block will hold it together and I don't think you need anything behind it to keep it sturdy.
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Alright, I can finally get back to this project, since our patio is finally finished!

This will be a small garden wall, about 19 feet wide and less than 2 feet high. I am using 3/4" crushed stone as my base. I then put down some home depot step 1 paver base so that I could level everything better. The crushed stone is rather jagged. This is a very fine crushed stone. It reminded me of "stone dust," which I've seen used on some DIY tv shows. I figured it would be better to use this material than sand. Is this ok??
It is taking me about 15 mins a stone to level in all directions. From what I've read this is about right??

Also, because of my schedule, I know I will not be able to dedicate more than a couple of hours a day to this project if I am lucky. With two little ones and a wife who stays at home with them all day, I can't spend huge amounts of time completing projects. Anyway, I covered the section I had leveled (three stones so far) with a tarp. I am really concerned at this point that if it rains all of my work will be ruined. Or should I backfill the area I've completed and put dirt in the front so that it is more secure? Thanks for your help!
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1. My trench is about five feet from a maple tree. I am noticing tree roots as I dig. Most are small, a few a about 1/4". Is this going to be a problem? If so, is there anything I can do? The roots move toward the front of the wall.

2. Am I supposed to put any crushed strone in front of the interlocking wall blocks, or do I just fill with dirt?

3. Should I put a perforated pipe behind the wall? The wall will be 16" high. One foot above grade. I am going to use 3/4 clean crushed behind the wall.

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