Block retaining wall along driveway help

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Topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 05-08-2010 09:23 PM 7591 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2010 09:23 PM

Ok this might be a little difficult to put the picture in your head. I will describe it as if you were standing on my driveway looking at the house in front of you.

The idea is to put a retaining wall to your left that will help to do the following:
1. Get rid of some bad grass that does not grow cause of the poor soil quality.
2. Level the slope that starts at the left edge edge of the drieway and slopes straight down. Dropping about 2 ft in about a 3.5 ft span.
3. Building this wall will give me an additional flat place to step out on to when, washing the truck, getting out of the truck etc. So I dont step out of my truck and roll down the hill.

I would like some ideas on how to level this wall. You see by the garage in front of you the driveway slopes back toward you, to drain water away from the garage, this continues to slope back towards you for about 6 feet from the garage. maybe a 6 inch drop in that run. Then it slopes very gradual from the road behind you towards the garage meeting at the low spot of the driveway that is at that spot about 6 ft from the garage. The entire driveway also slopes from right to left. So all the water on the drive funnels to the low spot and drains off the slope. My plan for draiinage is taken care of in the wall and I am looking for ideas on how to level the wall since where I start the wall, up by the garage and level with the driveway and extending back along the drive about 30 ft and meeting up again with the edge of the driveway. Except the wall will be about 6 to 8 inches higher than the drive at that point. How would you conceal this? Step the top row down to meet the drive? I just believe that if I build the wall out of level so that the wall meets the drive level on both ends it will look sloppy. Any ideas?

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05-09-2010 05:15 PM

Well, it is a little hard to picture what you are describing. But I will give you a suggestion.

When houses are built on sloping land, there are footers underneath the foundation. A footer is pretty much a trench with concerete in it that provides support for the walls in the house. When the lot the house is on is unlevel, you have to dig footers in different levels.

For instance, lets say you are using an 8” block to start your foundation. whether the ground slopes up or down, whenever you step that up or down, you have to do it 8” increments. If your entire retating wall only has about 6” of difference in the entire slope then it should be pretty simple.

All you want to do is start with a level “foundation”. So I would dig along the edges of the driveway a small footer or ditch if you will that the block for your retaining wall would sit on. As long as the level of that footer is the same around your driveway then you should be good. If your blocks are 8” or even 6” if your footer has to be dug out farther than the depth of a block, then just step it up or down 8” or 6”.

It’s a little hard to describe. You can keep it level a simple way by just getting a straight 2×4 and hold your level on top of it. If you want to get more precise then you could run a “railing” of 2×4’s around your driveway and make sure it’s level. Then you run strings across that and mesure down from the strings to keep your level.

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