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Retaining Wall Must-Know Tips

10 Things You Must Know About Retaining Walls

It may take some heavy lifting, but a retaining wall is a project any DIYer can do.

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Install a Short Stone Wall

How to Build a Short Stone Retaining Wall

Keep a sloping yard in place with this wall that also makes a great architectural element.

Style With Purpose


Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

This puzzle-like arrangement of flagstones is complemented by a stone retaining walls.

Retaining Wall How-To

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Top 83 Retaining Walls Projects

  1. 1. Excavate for a Retaining Wall (01:03)

    Learn how to complete the excavating needed for building a retaining wall.

  2. 2. How to Build a Short Retaining Wall

    This 2' retaining wall is a great architectural element that also serves a purpose -- to keep dirt from a sloping yard from going into ...

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  3. 3. How to Build a Block Retaining Wall

    Self-stacking concrete blocks make building a sturdy retaining wall a much simpler DIY project.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  4. 4. Fencepost Hole Essentials (00:60)

    Ahmed Hassan shows how to dig and fill holes for proper post placement.

  5. 5. Magnificent Interlocking Wall (04:30)

    Build a stone retaining wall with an interlocking concrete-block system.

  6. 6. Backfilling (02:12)

    Proper backfilling is one of the keys to building a strong retaining wall.

  7. 7. New Yard for Bungalow Charmer (06:46)

    Watch as the owners of this vintage bungalow completely revamp their yard.

  8. 8. Uphill Battle (20:00)

    Ryan and Erin want to fix their privacy problems by enlarging their yard.

  9. 9. 13 Trees and a Horseshoe Court (04:16)

    Gino rescues a couple who must plant 13 new trees and salvage a dead yard.

  10. 10. 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.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $1,000 - $2,500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  11. 11. The Bodybuilder's Challenge (03:29)

    Jason and crew help a bodybuilder pump up his home's puny landsaping.

  12. 12. Retaining Wall Materials (01:58)

    There are any number of types of materials available for retaining walls.

  13. 13. Retaining Wall (02:29)

    The Desperate Landscapes crew takes us through building a retaining wall.

  14. 14. How To Build a Patio and Retaining Wall

    This courtyard-style patio is surrounded by retaining walls and long planters. A puzzle-like arrangement of flat stones between the pat...

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  15. 15. Retaining Wall Replacement (03:55)

    Gino rebuilds a wall to widen a driveway and make more parking space.

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