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Old 03-01-2007, 07:26 AM   #1
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My house is a project! (deck, retaining wall)


This is one of the many projects I have taken on after purchasing my house 2 years ago. I also did the retaining wall seen below. In addition, I have wired, sheetrocked, insulated, and installed a gas heater in the garage. The basement is next! I love DIY projects. I have learned everything you see on the fly. Everything I have done has been completed by me and it has all been done by hand. Any questions feel free to ask!

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Old 03-05-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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If anyone is interested I have about 40-50 more images of project progression of the retaining wall and deck that I can post. Doesnt look like anyone wants to reply though!

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Old 03-05-2007, 10:58 AM   #3
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I enjoyed looking at the pix. IMHO it was a huge undertaking for a DIYer and it looks like it took a lot a man- or woman-hours. The finished result is pretty awesome! Do you live in the country, too?

Don't feel bad because a lot of us don't have the landforms that require a retaining wall. I have a slightly sloped back yard but it only drops about 1" per foot from the fenceline to the house. I have thought about back filling one area and creating a place for a small retaining wall. Then I would use one of those cement forms to create a patio and put a seating area in front of the retaining wall. Your thoughts?
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nice to know someone out there in the similar fashion: love DIY...

anyhow... looks like you are building some deck... plant some support ... when I done with my basement... this is my next project and would like to learn from you...
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looks good, must be a great view from the deck.
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I love it!
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All blocks are Anchor Diamond beveleds. I believe right around 1100 placed at 70 lbs a piece by hand!
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holy smokes. How long did it take? I've been thinking about doing a wall of those about 2 high and building my fence on top of that ( to avoid rot from touching the ground, and keep it sealed (dogs)).
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The bottom row took about a week to level and place, only spending time after work when weather permitted. After that I built up the wall as I backfilled with drainage rock and built up the grade using a fill/dirt mixture. After the bottom row is complete and level, its basically just stacking blocks so the remaining levels go fast. Complete project took about two months due to a 95+ degree weather slowing me down. Most time consuming was moving rock and fill one wheelbarrow at a time
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Nice Job...That's a HUGE project for a DIYer.... My congratulations and my respect...
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Hi tigerbalm...

Great Job ... Congratulations!

Can you tell us how much you invested in material on a psf basis and how much did you save by providing all the labor and management of the project yourself.

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