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You can build a wall yourself for under $3,000 while others can cost as much as $12,000. Keep in mind, however, that the average national cost for building a retaining wall is around $6,000.
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Retaining walls are an effective way to not only fight erosion and water drainage but also to design attractive and usable garden space. And courtesy of stackable interlocking blocks, you can execute the project all by yourself during a weekend. So if you’re ready to get dirty and you possess the ability to do some heavy lifting, here’s what you should know to build your stackable DIY retaining.
WALL Building Tip
Stackable stones are usually recommended for walls that are less than 4 feet tall. Taller walls typically require more structural reinforcement and may need a building permit.
Assessing the number of blocks you’ll need may be a bit difficult. However, counting on at least one block per linear foot and counting on making more blocks than your estimate suggests should help you get enough blocks for the job.
Note that the pressure that your wall will have to deal with will be immense so putting the first set of stones below ground level will provide the wall with some solid support.
How to Lay Additional Courses
Note again that the best way to cut a block in two, score a line at the middle with a chisel and position the brick chisel on your scored line, then strike with the small sledgehammer.
On a final note, if your wall is meant to divert water runoff, put a perforated drain pipe against the back of the wall prior to backfilling.
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