The Self Build Self Help Site retaining wall

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Design

Main Structure Floor Structure Wood or laminate floor Walls Windows Stairs Roof

Planning

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Project Management

Site Safety Hiring Contractors Buying Materials Materials Handling Waste Management

Doing Stuff

Block & Beam Floor Building a Chimney Flue Drains Fixing a Wall Plate Forming a Chimney Stack Insulating the Loft Keeping Water Out Landscaping Painting & Decorating Rendering a Gable End Replacing a Radiator Retaining Walls Roof Truss Installation Roof Windows
retaining wall
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photo of retaining wall in preparation

Such a wall can be built in sections - each section is tied to the next by inserting expanding steel mesh between the block work and by overlapping the steel mesh fabric within the cavity.

photo of retaining wall in preparation

To the right can be seen steel pilings, driven in beforehand to retain the land during the build. Although the pilings can be removed afterwards, it is usually cheaper to leave them in.

photo of retaining wall in preparation

The steelwork ready in the next section. To the left can be seen the end of the land drain, ready to be attached in the next section. Two batterns are attached to the steel mesh, indicating the level to which the concrete will be poured.

photo of retaining wall in preparation

And don't forget scaffolding to finish the top of the wall and for rendering.

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