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Retaining block wall and fence rebuild - 2 x 100 ft, 2016


Wedge
Wedge
Wedge
Wedge

the previous owner, installed the 2 ft high 60 lb retaining block wall into the hillside wrong- not at ground level. no drain pipe or gravel back fill. Also they did some remodeling and hid building waist materiel as back fill. 27 yards of Dirt area shifted in a very heavy NW rain = Block wall failed, Neighbor received water runoff. This took over a year to fix working on weekends and at night. we moved fence on top of block wall for a clean look. the fence posts are metal 10' long postmaster, cedar fence is 6 ft tall, so post in concrete 4.5ft below ground. My wife and I did all the design, labor 400+ hrs of DIY work, dirt with rocks moved 1 wheelbarrow at a time. hired Pro concrete finishers, we consulted with a structural Eng for wind vs. fence post vs. wall load JIC . the concrete is colored gray and the opposite brush directions is an illusion of dark / lite color= its all the same color. pro contractors did not bid the job due to had to be built by hand no equipment access. our neighbor is a retired contractor with big pro equipment, compacting thumper thing, floodlights, we did fence posts at night in late fall. he'd stop by on the weekend to see how it was going and enjoy some Oreo cookies. our neighbor let us trash his yard for 6 months for access, he has new grass and likes his new back of the fence view. the hardest part of this build was fence on top of wall, what was the height going to be?=post master post made this easy.

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  • Wow! What a huge transformation. Your hard work paid off, it looks great!  
    By grover959, on December 24, 2018
    • Thank you, just started cleaning/ organized the garage going to use ur long drywall screws, protected by PVC tubing idea. Thanks
      By Wedge, on December 26, 2018

  • It took extra problems solving and effort, but your back patio, yard and fence are beautiful! Excellent job!
    By RYOBI Nation, on December 26, 2018

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Retaining block wall and fence rebuild - 2 x 100 ft, 2016

by Wedge
Dec 19, 2018

the previous owner, installed the 2 ft high 60 lb retaining block wall into the hillside wrong- not at ground level. no drain pipe or gravel back fill. Also they did some remodeling and hid building waist materiel as back fill. 27 yards of Dirt area shifted in a very heavy NW rain = Block wall failed, Neighbor received water runoff. This took over a year to fix working on weekends and at night. we moved fence on top of block wall for a clean look. the fence posts are metal 10' long postmaster, cedar fence is 6 ft tall, so post in concrete 4.5ft below ground. My wife and I did all the design, labor 400+ hrs of DIY work, dirt with rocks moved 1 wheelbarrow at a time. hired Pro concrete finishers, we consulted with a structural Eng for wind vs. fence post vs. wall load JIC . the concrete is colored gray and the opposite brush directions is an illusion of dark / lite color= its all the same color. pro contractors did not bid the job due to had to be built by hand no equipment access. our neighbor is a retired contractor with big pro equipment, compacting thumper thing, floodlights, we did fence posts at night in late fall. he'd stop by on the weekend to see how it was going and enjoy some Oreo cookies. our neighbor let us trash his yard for 6 months for access, he has new grass and likes his new back of the fence view. the hardest part of this build was fence on top of wall, what was the height going to be?=post master post made this easy.