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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.

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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.

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Top 83 Retaining Walls Projects

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Finishing Caps (00:58)

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

  3. 3. Backfilling (02:12)

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

  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Retaining Wall Materials (00:39)

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 8. Retaining Walls 101 (02:51)

    Ahmed shows how to build an easy and affordable wooden retaining wall.

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

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

  10. 10. Outdoor Den, Part 2 (03:19)

    Follow the construction as the paver patio anchors this outdoor den.

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

    Integrate stone steps and a stone retaining wall into a challenging backyard slope to make the space more usable.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $5,000 - $10,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  12. 12. Curved Walls (01:10)

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

  13. 13. How To Build a Retaining Wall for a Campsite

    Learn how to use composite timbers to construct the retaining wall.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $1,000 - $2,500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  14. 14. Retaining Wall Base (02:28)

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

  15. 15. Planning a Retaining Wall (00:53)

    Get instructions on how to measure and plan out a wooden retaining wall.

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