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Old 05-17-2019, 04:20 PM   #16
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Does it still work and where does the water go, you do want drainage behind your wall too.
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Does it still work and where does the water go, you do want drainage behind your wall too.
Yup... I just tested it out and it still works. Yes. We would like to have drainage for our retaining wall... So in that case I'm just not sure how to fix it up.
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Here is a closer up picture. I've just stuck a peice of wood in the end that drains.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:38 PM   #19
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Yup... I just tested it out and it still works. Yes. We would like to have drainage for our retaining wall... So in that case I'm just not sure how to fix it up.
Run water it for a while and look and listen to where it goes, if it is sending water around you foundation you don't want to use it but if it going to a french drain in the yard or out to a ditch then you use it. If you are going to use it having holes that let water in is not a problem, a half pipe of a bigger size fit over it would keep the dirt out.
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Ok. Thanks for the advice again. Another question. The gas line is now marked and runs parallel to the wooden retaining wall, 2.5' out from it and out to the street. We want to bring our new retaining wall out 12' from the house and then do a small 90 degree turn into the lawn. Then have a block stair case that goes up from the driveway. Can we do this stuff over top of the gas line?

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Yup... I just tested it out and it still works. Yes. We would like to have drainage for our retaining wall... So in that case I'm just not sure how to fix it up.
Run water it for a while and look and listen to where it goes, if it is sending water around you foundation you don't want to use it but if it going to a french drain in the yard or out to a ditch then you use it. If you are going to use it having holes that let water in is not a problem, a half pipe of a bigger size fit over it would keep the dirt out.
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Re: Make driveway wider


We have built the retaining wall. It is permacon celtik blocks. And they are stepped back. The problem is now that the wall is up, and we only backfilled half way up the wall (We ran out of clear stone), the wall is not level on the top. It is slanted somewhat in towards the dirt side. Is this a normal thing for stepped up retaining walls? And is it acceptable to leave it like this?

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Old 06-08-2019, 02:33 PM   #22
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Re: Make driveway wider


Your wall looks good, I wouldn't be to concerned if it is leaning a little to the dirt side.

Did you compact the base before you started?
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Your wall looks good, I wouldn't be to concerned if it is leaning a little to the dirt side.

Did you compact the base before you started?
Ok. Thank you. Yes. I hand tampered it a lot and it was very level at the base.
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Ok. Thank you. Yes. I hand tampered it a lot and it was very level at the base.
The weight of the gravel behind the wall may have compacted the base a little more.
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VERY NICE WALL @wrender !

Forget my advice not to build one earlier . . .

I recall that you're supposed to lean it dirtside just a bit for extra stability, especially if it's really high.

Again, very nice.
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