Installing Retaining Wall Blocks
After the base course of block is installed you will need to install perforated drainage pipe behind this first course of block.
Installing retaining wall blocks. Place all blocks with the raised front lip facing up and forward on the base material near the front of the base trench. Mark curved corners by. How to build a retaining wall. By using the information we have on building retaining walls you will get everything you need to plan design and build the perfect retaining wall project.
This type of pattern will be considerably stronger and more stable than vertically aligned seams known in the. In this video i show you exactly how to build a retaining wall with landscape blocks. Backfill and compact. Check the blocks for level frequently from side to side and front to back.
The block retaining wall would have open spaces so i can plant flowers and to allow for any drainage. A retaining wall will normally have a high newton block reinforced concrete wall often with piers sitting on a reinforced foundation even a low one with if required a fair face wall sitting in front. Check and adjust each block for level and alignment as it is installed. Retaining wall blocks have angled sides that allow for gently curved walls if you desire.
Verify the proper. Subsequent rows of blocks are installed using a running bond brickwork pattern in which the seams on adjoining courses are offset by one half block. Your retaining wall design will determine how you mark the area. Compact the retaining wall.
Using construction adhesive secure your block caps and create the top layer of your retaining wall. Then use a shovel to mark the outline. The wall will also have weep holes to prevent the build up of water behind the wall. The drainage pipe will be located here to move the water away from behind the wall.
Water hydrostatic pressure is the leading cause of retaining wall failures. Follow the block manufacturer s instructions for wall height limits. How steep or at what angle will i need to make the slope ahead when i m digging it out. Cover the gravel between your retaining wall and landscape with topsoil or sod so your garden will grow against your wall achieving a natural look.
Set the next course. Avoid having downspouts pointed at the retaining wall and if it s against the house keep soil and mulch well below the siding. The block caps should overhang the retaining blocks by 1 to 1 1 2 inches. I hope eventually to build a lattice sided carport just to keep the weather off the car i currently have two 4 4 s with lattice on either side as a wind break but can only pull my car in 1 2 way.
You ll learn how to design your retaining wall the tools you need how to build it step by step and even. This video will demonstrate how to build a simple retaining wall in just three days. To mark a free form layout use a rope or hose to outline the shape. For straight lines mark the entire bed area with stakes string and marking paint.
Water will flow down through the backfill material to the base of the retaining wall. Level and align the next course.