Looking to revamp your backyard area, and add some charm to your property? A nice looking and sturdy timber retaining wall might be the perfect solution!
A retaining wall is not only functional, in the sense that it adds usable flat land and prevents erosion, but can also be appealing. If you do it right, you can have that much envied curb appeal at your home.
For this purpose, timber is one of the best materials to use in building a retaining wall. It is cheap and easy to source. It’s also easy to manipulate- with a little creativity, you can add curves and textures to your wall. Timber can be painted on, stained, and more.
Here are 5 easy steps on how to build a timber retaining wall:
Make sure that a timber retaining wall is suitable in your property. Ideal locations for timber retaining walls are those with mild climates and dry soil, as weathering and water runoff will damage the timber. Also, timber cannot support heavy weights, and best work for slopes with a ratio of 2:1 or lower.
Find out about your local building codes, and dial the Call Before You Dig number (811) to avoid digging into utility lines.
2. Gathering Materials
You need the following materials to construct your retaining wall:
Measure the entire length of the property you want to build a wall on, and use this as your basis on how much material you need. Remove any debris, such as rocks and litter, as well as weeds and plants, as these can grow into your wall and weaken it.
Then, rake the bare soil until the surface is flat and level.
Plant stakes 3 feet apart along the length of the wall, and tie a string from stake to stake towards the top, to mark the wall’s height, keeping in mind that local building codes usually only allow you to build retaining walls less than 3 feet in height.
The next step is to dig a trench to serve as the base, which should be around 12 to 18 inches deep. Level the dug area, and clear it from debris. Then, fill the trench with concrete, and level it as well. Immediately afterwards, insert the timber posts upright and touching the bottom of the trench.
Once these are done, let the concrete cure for about a week.
Then, attach the boards to the posts using carriage bolts, making sure that they are level and evenly spaced. Finally, add a soil or gravel backfill to strengthen the wall.
And that’s it! Building your own retaining wall can be a fun and easy DIY project, and you’ll be reaping the rewards for years to come.
Pittsburgh Retaining Wall Pros is a professional and reliable contractor for retaining wall services and hardscaping solutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For assistance or emergency repairs, we have a crew ready to assist in every way.
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