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Old 09-15-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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I have a basement entrance which about 10' by 20' and it is surrounded by a wood retaing walls made of wood p/t 6"x6" ties. From the bottom to top its about 6' with 2 levels. It goes up 3 feet sets back 2 feet then goes up another 3 feet and 20 feet long. One of the top part of the wall gave way and collapsed onto the lower level. 2 questions, what might be the best way to make this repair? and do i need to take that 1 section down and start from the ground up?

Also in the next few years we were going to redo this basement entrance. What would be the best way to build a new retaining wall. Out of wood, concrete, or cinder block? Like stated above, this wall be holding alot of weight, and we want somthing that wil be secured, but not killing my wallet. Anyone with idea's that might help. Thank You.

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Strange that the wall gave way at the top and not the bottom, perhaps it was built with proper drainage at the bottom but they skimped on it at the top. Since you are going to redo it in a couple of years, you probably don't need to start again from the bottom. A quick way to secure it would be to just cut and grade the soil to an acceptable slope, put on an erosion control geogrid if necessary, and seed with grass. This would be an inexpensive temporary solution until you are ready to redo the entire wall - if you upload a photo, we could give more details.

Cinder block is usually cheaper than poured concrete and you could DIY. Wood is usually cheapest but it wears out the quickest. There are many options, depending on what your landscape objective is for the entire yard. Might want to consult a landscape architect on it to get ideas.

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