Project: Wood retaining wall

Started another project the other day. Last year we had the sewer line replaced along the north side of the driveway. So there has been a linear mound of soil along the the driveway. This side of driveway also slopes towards the concrete driveway slab and when it rains the soils erodes onto the driveway, causing a muddy mess where Carla parks her car.

Now that the trench area over the sewer has been allowed to settle for about a year, I felt it was about time to dress up that side of the driveway.

Idea: Treated lumber retaining wall, and maybe a flower bed along the edge of the wall.

Length: 21′-0″ long and about 21″ high.

Alex and I started early Monday afternoon. We dug post holes on 3 ft. centers about 18″. It was a hot day! So, before we began, Alex decided we needed a little shade before we started. He figured out if we attached a tarp to a couple of tree branches above our heads and to the Dodge caravan on the other side of the driveway, we would have a nice tent. Sounded like a good idea, so that’s what we did first!

Then we began to dig 8 pot hole, over the next couple of hours. Shade was nice, but it was still hot!

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~ by Joe A. Robertson, P.G. on May 18, 2013.

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