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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. How To Construct a Retaining Wall

    Learn how to add structure to an outdoor space with a retaining wall.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $2,500 - $5,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  2. 2. Uphill Battle (20:00)

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

  3. 3. Drainage (01:56)

    Without proper drainage, your load-bearing wall may be in for problems.

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

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

  5. 5. How to Build a Terraced Stone Retaining Wall

    If you have a disintegrating retaining wall, consider replacing it with a sloping stone wall.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $2,500 - $5,000
    Difficulty:
    Hard
  6. 6. Dry Foundations (00:47)

    If the retaining wall ties into the house's foundation, caulking is a must.

  7. 7. Retaining Wall Height (01:29)

    Your wall will hold back a lot of dirt, so height is a consideration.

  8. 8. Multilevel Backyard Retreat (00:03:41)

    Retaining walls help turn a bare hill into a beautiful multilevel refuge.

  9. 9. Backyard Makeover (03:24)

    The Andersons hope to gain home equity with a $34,000 backyard makeover.

  10. 10. Mountain Retreat in the City (03:38)

    A couple gets a yard redo that's more mountain retreat than urban backyard.

  11. 11. A Paver Walkway on a Slope (02:58)

    A house built on a slope is in serious need of professional help.

  12. 12. How To Cover a Stone Wall

    See how a railroad-tie retaining wall gets a new facing of stylish stonework.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  13. 13. Retaining Wall Replacement (03:55)

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

  14. 14. Retaining Wall (02:29)

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

  15. 15. Finishing Caps (00:58)

    A retaining wall may look complete, but it's not done till the cap is on.

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