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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I've posted a rough sketch of my plans for this project after doing my homework about retaining walls, CMUs and a bit about masonry: Color key: Yellow - existing construction Green - new construction plans Orange - new construction I have questions about In a nutshell, I have an old CMU...
  2. Building & Construction
    I had a two-tiered stone retaining wall installed professionally to replace a rotten timber wall, which had a deck secured to it / resting on it (yes... I know!!!!!). I had the lower wall built with a recess to build a deck into (see pictures below). The area to build in is 17' wide by 15'...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello! I enjoy DIY projects, but have gotten in a little over my head! I am installing a 30 ft. paver walkway leading up to my front porch. My house is on a slight slope, so to level the walkway, the pavers on the lowest end would be 5 1/4" above the surrounding ground. What would you do? I...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hello great forum people, I'm continuing with my pizza oven project. Th oven is nearly done as the picture shows. Now I need to make a roof structure to protect the oven from the weather. I intend to do a simple shed style roof sloping front to back, but I want to add a section to it so I...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm planning a retaining wall along my driveway (max height is 4ft), and debating between poured concrete wall or rear lip landscape block or lip wall type landscape block. See pic. I'm also looking to put a fence on top of the wall, in which plan on bolting down the posts. Similar to the...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am in the process of building a pager patio where deck was just taken down. The area is about 30inches below where the patio top will sit. I will add full diet to get to the correct level. I have read in places where I have to have a slip of about 35 degrees to not need a retaining wall...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, new to your forum but hope to participate wit both questions and answers, if I know them. But first a question- since my house burned down in the Woolsey fire, I will have to build a upper foundation/ retaining wall that will taper from about 2 ft. high to 6 ft. high over 80 ft. The...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I had a retaining wall built recently and have two questions. The blocks are trapezoidal with two large holes (see pics). First, I was advised that I should fill the wall with concrete sand (to extent possible), so about half is filled, but I'm beginning to doubt it's necessary. The wall goes...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a retaining wall below my deck which has started leaking. My yard is on a slope and the bottom of the wall is about 8 feet below grade. The was was probably built at the same time as the house which would make it about 40 years old. The previous owner replaced the deck and put in new...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I put in the short (max 3') but long (22') along my house. See pictures (if you click on them it rotates them properly). Since installing, I've been getting a small amount of water in my basement during heavy rains. I'm wondering a couple things: 1) should I still a perforated drainage pipe...
  11. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi, I'm looking for any suggestions/confirmation of my thoughts about a small "semi" raised patio. Sorry that this is long! The house is in the Oakland California hills so we don't have frost, etc. The soil is mainly clay. The home built in the 1940s on a hillside. The hillside is being held...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hey guys this is my first post here and I figured I would share my project I just did over the past summer. I bought a house and it has a very wet backyard due to clay soils. The walkout basement is at a low point so I figured that I would rent a Kubota and make a mess! I ended up installing a...
  13. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I'm in process of making a 4' x 12' raised garden on my hill. I have put in three posts with concrete and wondering if I need to dig all the way down to connect the entire box or can I just run the posts into the hill until I get to the top few rows (obviously then I would connect them).
  14. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi, I have a problem with the treated pine H4 posts I used with the retaining wall that I built. These have only been in for about a month and already they are splitting. Some are splitting straight down the middle Is there a treatment or something I can do to prevent this and repair the ones I...
  15. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi everyone, I am new here but this looks like a great place to ask. Short version, I want to terminate a short 15' run of mini french drain (with 2" perf pipe) into a shallow gravel hole right behind a retaining wall. There is a legit french drain with pipe at the base of the retaining wall...
  16. New Member Introductions
    Salud, Purchased my first house last week. Closing in a couple weeks. 1936 construction so there are going to be issues. I'll be most grateful for help and tips. Already scouring the forums to see what there is to be seen. Big issues I'm going to have: 1) Foundation is poured concrete...
  17. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am attempting to build a retaining wall to help level part of my yard. The retaining wall itself will be only about 16" high. I am building with 6x6 p.t. The wall itself will be about 72 feet long. Do I need to have tilling behind it or is the crushed rock going to be sufficient? Thanks in...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    hi there I'm new to this forum and would like some help with building a sitting bench out of cylinder blocks, this is where it gets tricky, I'm trying to do this right in front of an existing cylinder block wall thats about 7 feet high and only has 12inches of a Footing. So do I dig below the...
  19. Building & Construction
    build a concrete footing on a slope I'm looking to build a retaining wall on my backyard that at its tallest point is 2' 3/4" tall. It'll be built on a slope so I can extend my existing yard out by some 350 sq ft. Once the wall is up I'll fill the new area with 4" high slabs of concrete (to...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My driveway is flat but my property on the side by my neighbor slopes downward. I would like to build a retaining wall and expand my driveway. I would like a concrete retaining wall. Do I need footers? Can the slab for the driveway addition and the retaining wall be a monolithic pour with rebar...
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