Let’s begin with the definition of a retaining wall. A retaining wall can loosely be defined as any outdoor wall that is used to hold the ground in place. One retaining wall may consist of a horizontal layer of brick, stone, or wood used to level earth on a slope to plant veggies or flowers. Another retaining wall might need to retain tons of soil to prevent erosion. When choosing the services of a professional retaining wall builder, there’s a lot you need to know.
PLANNING YOUR RETAINING WALL
How high does your wall need to be? What would be the best materials to use? Is the wall chiefly decorative or does it have a specific purpose? You won’t know the answers to these questions until you go outside and take a closer look.
It goes without saying that you have selected a place for the wall. Knowing the shape and approximate length of the retaining wall will tell your installer several important things; it will help him with suggestions of the right materials. A professional installer can help by creating a visual image using a stick, a string line or stakes.
To construct a timber retaining wall, start by digging a trench along the line of where your wall will be. The trench ought to be around the depth and width of the timbers you will use to build the wall. If you require space to work on the back side of the wall, dig that space before you start constructing the wall. Utilize a line level to level the ground where the timbers will lay.
Place the first row of timbers level in the trench. After your first row of timbers is laid along the trench start stacking your second row of timbers. Amaze the ends of the timbers to guarantee a strong wall. Join each layer of timbers to the layer below it with spikes (8 inch long 60D nails). Timber retaining walls are built straight – not slanted like a stone wall – to keep a level or plumb helpful as you stack them.
If your wall will be higher than around 18 inches utilize tie-back timbers each eight or ten feet on different levels to hold your wall upright and ensure it won’t fall forward because of the steady weight applied upon it from behind (top disappointment). To include a tie-back timber, essentially lay one timber opposite to alternate timbers however with its length reaching out into the region that will be refilled. At the point when the area is refilled this timber will act as an anchor to hold the wall set up and guarantee your timber retaining wall will last.
TIMBERS UNITED INTO ONE STRUCTURE
One part of my retaining wall design which is somewhat not the same as others you may see is that I like to join the whole timber holding wall structure with re-bar driven vertically through all timbers and into the ground via hole that is drilled through all the retaining wall timbers after they are totally stacked. The re-bar should fit tightly into the drilled hole.
Building a timber retaining wall is hard work so utilize timbers that will last. You may even consider utilizing timbers with a vinyl or polymer covering.