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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. Backfilling (02:12)

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

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

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

  3. 3. Fencepost Hole Essentials (01:49)

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Pathways to Nowhere (03:26)

    Gino tackles a yard that's filled with garbage and pathways to nowhere.

  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Outdoor Den, Part 3 (04:09)

    Lighting is selected to highlight the walkway & work begins on the firepit.

  10. 10. Retaining Wall Base (02:28)

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

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

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

  12. 12. Retaining Wall 101 (01:00)

    Here's how to build an easy retaining wall from pressure-treated lumber.

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

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

  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
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