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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 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
  2. 2. Dry Foundations (00:47)

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

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

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

  5. 5. Finishing Caps (00:58)

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

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

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

  7. 7. Backfilling (02:12)

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

  8. 8. How to Install a Timber Retaining Wall

    A retaining wall is the ideal way to control erosion or level a sloping yard. Composite timbers made from recycled materials are a wond...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  9. 9. Retaining Wall Materials (00:39)

    Get tips on how to choose the best retaining wall material for your space.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Outdoor Den, Part 1 (05:46)

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

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