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Old 02-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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I bought this house about six months ago and the winter has not been kind to this retaining wall. It's deteriorated badly in that span.

The image above has some rough measurements. In your opinion, what is the best way to rebuild this wall?

-I have kids (and us) so have concerns about toxins in pressure treated lumber.

-Cost is an issue, but willing to pay if that's what it takes to do it correctly. The wall will have low visibility. We really like the look of stone, real or the interlocking ones you can buy at Lowe's.

Is this something I can tackle (never done it before, don't really have the right tools)? I've done several days of internet research and it seems like the project has some complexity to it, I'd love to tackle it just to learn but I also have a lot of time constraints these days.

Let me know if you need more details to give better advice on my situation.

Thanks in advance.

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...the winter has not been kind to this retaining wall.
It's deteriorated badly in that span.
How long has that wall been in place?
It looks to be about 10 years old.

Done right... a short PT wall like that one should be good for 15-25 years.

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In your opinion, what is the best way to rebuild this wall?
100% demo and start over.

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Thanks for the response. I'm not up on the lingo, what is a "PT wall"?

Agree, on the 100% demo. The wall is about 17 years now by our estimate give or take a few years on either side.

We plan on being in this house about 10 years, but who really knows.
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http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...ORM=VDRE#x0y75

Are those railroad ties or Pressure treated lumber?
First thing I notice it there was no drainage allowed for behind the wall.
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Are those railroad ties or Pressure treated lumber?
Lumber 8x6x6
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I'm not up on the lingo, what is a "PT wall"?
pressure treated.

The wall is about 17 years now by our estimate
We plan on being in this house about 10 years, but who really knows.
It's ugly and will eventually rot out completely.
You could leave it alone and let it (if you can ignore the ugly)...
and be none the worse for it in any way.

Or you can tear it out and start over. If you do then learn how to build a PT
retaining wall better than just stacking the lumber up like the last guy did.

You'll need more... but this is a pretty good short wall how to video:
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/vide...349553,00.html


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