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cross tie retaining wall repairs

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I have a decent size timber retaining wall that was built on the property prior to my arrival. It is approx. 10 yrs. old. The highest point is about 6' - 6-1/2'
In one section about 1/3 of the way up is a rotted timber. I need to remove this thing and replace with better timber.
I thought about using a bobcat and attach eyebolts to the timber just above rotten one. Attach chains and slightly lift wall enough to remove pressure. Cut old spikes with sawzall and remove old and slide in the new. Does this make sense. Any suggestions would be great. Love to hear different angles on tackling this project. I can post a pic if need be.

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These are common here in S.GA. My first ? would be: Is the wall stacked, as in each timber/crosstie are stacked on top of each other? OR- are the timbers/crossties "staggered" as in one timber rest on two timbers? I'm thinking (UH-OH) the if they are staggered you may be able to remove the bad one by just cutting out parts of it until it is all out. Placing the new one maybe could be done with driving wedges between the one on top of the empty space and the ones that it rest on. If they are stacked on top of each other you're idea may be better. Thanks, David
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