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Old 03-05-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Building a seawall - photo included

We live on a 750 acre inland lake in Michigan. We have 50 feet of shoreline. The shoreline continues to erode each year.

We have considered different options, but would like to use large natural flat stones for our sea wall. We are going to have a 3 foot seawall - 2 feet will be above water. A few feet behind that, we will have a retaining wall. There is a drop in the ground at that point.

However, if we follow the curve of the natural drop - the seawall will be 6 feet tall (4-5 above the water) at one point. My husband would like to use tiebacks or deadmen to help hold the wall in place.

Need help!

Can we use tie rods and anchors with natural stone? Any other advice on tackling this project?


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Consult with your local building dept & conservation committee 1st


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Old 03-05-2009, 07:56 PM   #3
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I am currently filling out the 7 page application for the Michigan DEQ and another application for our County Soil Erosion division. Each department requests details drawings of how you plan to build the wall. Any help is appreciated!
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For Seawall questions talk to Aaron

I worked with a guy from Seaside Seawalls last year while deciding how and what to do with my 135' wall. Of course i tried to do this job myself, but I have to say I ended up defeated and hired a pro. Anyways my point was the guys name was Aaron if I remember correctly, and he was a great resource while I was going through the learning curve. I even told him I was trying to do it myself and he still gave me great advice. If you have not built this wall yet I would try to get a hold of him for the advice, he was great.

the site was call the number on there and hopefully he still works there. That's the best advice I can offer, good luck with your wall, mine saved my lawn!

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Don't know if this type of construction is allowed in your neighbor built one using chain link fence...he then filled behind it with gravel large enough to not come through the opening in the fence. Deadmen were installed every 8 feet or so. I scratched my head at first but it's still going strong after 10 years.

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I believe in DIY. But for this, I have to almost scream that you put this in the hands of a pro.

This is serious stuff that requires some pretty specialized knowledge and skill.


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