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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. Cottage Gem with Curb Appeal (07:24)

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

  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Rainy Day Makeover (03:38)

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

  5. 5. Outdoor Den (06:08)

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

  6. 6. Backfilling (02:12)

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

  7. 7. Outdoor Den, Part 3 (04:09)

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

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

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

  9. 9. Excavate for a Retaining Wall (01:03)

    Learn how to complete the excavating needed for building a retaining wall.

  10. 10. Couple's Creative Yard Crash (00:03:14)

    This backyard crash's design is vintage, rustic and creative all in one.

  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. Interlocking Wall (01:59)

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

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

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

  14. 14. Outdoor Den, Part 4 (06:42)

    Landscaping, a waterfall & wicker furniture provide the finishing touches.

  15. 15. Front Yard Transformation (05:47)

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

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