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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. Building a Timber Retaining Wall

    A retaining wall made with timber posts can add style and extra seating to your yard .

    Time:
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    Cost:
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    Difficulty:
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  2. 2. Retaining Wall Base (02:28)

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

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

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

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

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

  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. The Bodybuilder's Challenge (20:01)

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

  7. 7. Outdoor Den (06:08)

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

  8. 8. Sloped Grades (01:11)

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

  9. 9. Retaining Wall Foundation (01:12)

    DIY Network shows how to install the foundation row for a retaining wall.

  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Curved Walls (01:10)

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

  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Front Yard Transformation (05:47)

    This century-old house may be a dream, but its yard is a nightmare.

  15. 15. How to Build a Boulder Retaining Wall

    Boulder retaining walls are not only functional, they're timeless and beautiful as well.

    Time:
    Two Days
    Cost:
    $250 - $500
    Difficulty:
    Hard
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