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soad 08-23-2012 10:50 AM

Terraced Retaining Wall
My front yard slants from the left to right and we decided to put in a 3 looped terrace wall. Each loop will be higher then the next and independent. The first will be a half circle, the next will be off that one but alittle lower. The next the same. (Hope you can visualize that).

Question is - can I start at the first one then move down - or do you start at the lowest one and move up?

I know in a normal wall - lowest to highest - but since these are independent half circles - I wasnt' sure if it mattered. We are afraid if we start lowest toward top we we be off alittle.


BShow 08-23-2012 11:50 AM

I cant be of any assistance to you, unfortunately... but I do have an interest in your project. My yard slopes pretty sharply and I'll be needing to replace my 5 foot retaining wall soon. Terracing appeals to me, but I've not really researched anything yet. I'm interested in how you'll be tackling the project as well as what you'll be using. Also if there are any potential snafu's that should be watched for. If you think of it, please keep updating with your progress.

SingleGuy 08-23-2012 02:50 PM

I think I understand your question. I built a raised flower bed that is on a slope. You start from the lowest point and work your way up. That's the easy way. I did mine from the highest point first though because I wanted to ensure that the highest level of block was even with my driveway. It wasn't much harder. I'll try to post pictures tonight. Hopefully this will help you.

soad 08-23-2012 03:16 PM

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Please post pic it might help me explain. I want to do 3 seperate circles that will meet - like Olymic rings - where they meet the wall stops on one the other keeps going. Your pic will help.

Yeah - I know starting at lowest spot is best, but I am not sure to do the top circle first, or the very very bottom one and work up. I have the same issue - I need the top to be level with porch.

Like this pic - can I do the top one first the work down to the one under the window or start under window and go up?

SingleGuy 08-23-2012 03:33 PM

If I were doing this, I'd take a level and measure from the porch how far the rise is based on how far out I would want the terrace to be ( much like when building steps for a deck ) . From there, you'd be able to determine where your lowest level is based on how high your blocks are. If you're using, for example, 12" X 12" blocks, it'd be easy to calculate where to start.

Does that make sense?

Hopefully someone else will chime in. This makes me itch wanting to do this myself lol

soad 08-23-2012 03:41 PM

yeah - I get what your saying. My wife believes we should start at the top circle - then do the next - she is afraid the walls won't line up correct. I can see that but if we go backward there could be alot of chance to cut tons of bricks - starting from very bottom is easier on laying it out.

I can do almost anything around the house - but she loves to make things harder on me at times - ha!

Anyone else can help out if you know - I may even stop somewhere tonight and ask.

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