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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. Retaining Wall Base (02:28)

    The most important part of a retaining wall is the base.

  2. 2. Outdoor Den (06:08)

    Dean and Derek use a majestic tree as the focal point for an outdoor den.

  3. 3. The Bodybuilder's Challenge (20:01)

    A new retaining wall, new shutters and plants transform this ugly yard.

  4. 4. Level Retaining Wall (01:46)

    Getting the base course level is essential; there's no room for error.

  5. 5. Interlocking Wall (01:59)

    A tongue-and-groove system makes short work of building a retaining wall.

  6. 6. Backyard Family Park (03:28)

    A danger-zone backyard becomes a shady, parklike setting for family fun.

  7. 7. Sloped Grades (01:11)

    If the retaining wall goes into a hill, these tips will save you some work.

  8. 8. Cottage Gem with Curb Appeal (07:24)

    Jason Cameron brings out the sledgehammer to shape up a shabby landscape.

  9. 9. Rainy Day Makeover (03:38)

    The crew fights a torrential downpour to build a filedstone retaining wall.

  10. 10. Rescuing the Retaining Wall (00:03:32)

    An unfinished retaining wall plays a key role in the Moss brothers' design.

  11. 11. Lessons in Landscaping (00:06:13)

    The crew come to the aid of a couple who weren't born with green thumbs.

  12. 12. Pergola Seat Wall (02:41)

    A once-rotten retaining wall and fence becomes a classy outdoor hangout.

  13. 13. Outdoor Den, Part 1 (05:46)

    Dean and Derek use a majestic tree as the focal point for an outdoor den.

  14. 14. Fencepost Hole Essentials (00:60)

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

  15. 15. Curved Walls (01:10)

    Think a straight wall's easier to build than a curved one? Think again!

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