Retaining walls have any benefits. It can be a great way not only to help with erosion and water drainage, but also to create beautiful, and usable garden space. It is usually interlocking, and stackable blocks, and project can be completed in a weekend only. Although it is a tough job, but it is something, handle by many people. Just like long as you are able to do some heavy lifting and it is willing to get dirty. You have to know how to build your own stackable retaining wall.
Stackable blocks have in many styles and colors. It is depended on the use and spot to put it. You are also having to concern about the height of it. Make sure you build the right and proportional use of it. Think smart and make a well preparation is better than when you have no idea about it.
Stackable Concrete Blocks
The stones are made of concrete, with a decorative finish on the front and a lip on the back. The lip fits snugly against the block and creating an interlocking joint that holds up to pressure. While the decorative front gives an attractive finish, the creating holds up. About The stones shape, its are often slightly wedge-shaped to allow you create gentle curves. By many styles, thin, as the topper stones are also available. It gives the wall a finished appearance.
For walls less than 3’- 4’ high, the stackable concrete is recommended. You will need professional help for taller walls because it is typically need additional structural reinforcement and may require a building permit. You will need Low retaining walls to be used to create pleasing curved lines.
You will need Work gloves, Shovel and/or mattock, Brick chisel and small sledgehammer Level, Wooden stakes, String and a line level, and soil tamper. Sharp Gravel or rock dust and Landscape fabric are optional to use. Interlocking stackable stones and toppers, and you need to Estimate the number of blocks you will need. You have to Count on at least one block per linear foot, and count on it taking more blocks than your suggestion of estimation. To create a strong joint with a stepped-back effect, stackable stones are needed.
Layout and Planning
Before you begin. You can call 811 to know if there is any buries pipes or cables in It., check with your city utilities office to get the truth behind. You can use a garden hose to lay out a pleasing line for your retaining wall. You can use flour layout lines or landscape marking paint to mark the ground. You need a properly leveled and tamped trench is important for building a strong wall.
Digging the Trench
Carefully dig a trench slightly wider than the blocks along your marked line. Make the first course of blocks is below ground level. You can cut it straight down with the shovel keep from disturbing the surrounding soil. To save time later, you can Make the trench as level as you can.
You can dig a series of stepped trenches, so that only a course of blocks below the ground. It is used if your wall goes across a slope. Do not forget to tamp down the bottom of the trench using a soil tamper and Add several inches of sharp gravel or rock dust to the bottom of the trench. You can use this layer for your final leveling and tamping. You have to make the shape of it in fit shape and you can use it for garage, and other stuff (solutions).