Retaining Wall Help

JohnandTaylerAugust 8, 2013

Hello all,

I am looking for suggestions to help with a retaining wall project.

What you are looking at is built with retaining wall block with stone pavers in between. Below the pavers and blocks is sand. The top pieces on the retaining wall have been mortared in place. Along the left side my father-in-law plans to put deck boards for stability (which is fine with me, based on budget and ease)

I am looking for suggestions on plantings to help spruce this up along with structural advice to keep it stable and require less maintenance.

Thank you for all your help!

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marcinde(7)

It's always better to rip a Band-Aid off vs. doing it slowly, so...

Tear it all out. Right hand side bottom, your blocks are sitting directly over the ones below, no stagger = failure point

Left hand side, instead of just terminating into thin air the block should return back into the slope, for both aesthetics and stability.

If the block was set on sand, that's incorrect and will cause failure down the road.

What is going on with that third step down? It looks out of level with everything else and the cap is super wonky.

The pavers should all be flush with the wall caps that are forming your step treads, If you've already had so much movement that they've settled what looks like nearly an inch, you're in some serious trouble.

There's no patch that will fix this, these steps have terminal problems that will only get worse. All planting around them will do is make it harder for the EMTs to collect the first victim.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 11:18AM
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marcinde(7)

oh and mortar is wrong wrong wrong for a segmental retaining wall. You use a poly adhesive. Whatever stone yard the blocks were purchased from should have supplied that.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 1:32PM
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