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How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

A dry-stack stone retaining wall not only holds back the earth, it adds beauty to a landscape.

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    Forget rickety boathouses! Lakeside living has taken a turn for the luxe!

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    Recirculated river water flows over this towering (and manmade) waterfall.

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  13. 13. How To Build a Retaining Wall with a Terrace

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    Cost:
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    Difficulty:
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