Good effort, lot of graft in that digging! Are you just using what you've dug out to backfill behind the retaining wall or have you got to put something permeable at the bottom for drainage?
I'm just using what I've already dug out to backfill, and the rest will have to get carted off in a skip. I'm not looking forward to that because the only way to get it to the skip is in buckets down the stairs at the side of the house.Good effort, lot of graft in that digging! Are you just using what you've dug out to backfill behind the retaining wall or have you got to put something permeable at the bottom for drainage?
You're lucky! We have clay soil which drains horribly. I plan to do some terracing in our garden but even on a much smaller scale than you and am going to have to do something for drainage.I'm just using what I've already dug out to backfill, and the rest will have to get carted off in a skip. I'm not looking forward to that because the only way to get it to the skip is in buckets down the stairs at the side of the house.
I should really have put drainage holes in the bottom of the wall, but the reason I need to do this in the first place is because my house is on the side of a hill - that means that my garden is at least 30m above the ground water table and all the ground I have excavated so far is really free draining sand so I think I'll get away with it. Even in the heaviest downpours, the lawn never gets waterlogged which gives me confidence it'll be OK, drainage wise.
I'm hardly ever going to need to get up there so I'll just use a ladder when I do. It's not usable space so a there'll be a layer of weed suppression and a layer of chippings to make it look nice and that's it. Maybe a couple of plants too but they'll be low maintenance ones.How are you goofing to get up onto that section when finished.
I think the timber sizes are OK - the posts are 100x100mm and the sleepers are 200x100. The problem was caused by a combination of the sandy ground and inadequate foundations. Totally my fault - I thought I'd get away with it but it didn't work out.Sorry to read your problems with the leaning wall. Personally I would be concerned that the leaning is to do with the thickness of the timber as opposed to the foundations being insufficient. What is plan B?
I have seen sleeper walls similar to this using steel UBs / UCs as opposed to the timber posts. Could you put these in 300mm from the front of the existing wall, and then remove and slot into place the sleepers (carefully) from the bottom up?
Good luck - I hate it when things like this happen.
Thank youNice bit of work there so far. Love a good bit of garden engineering and glad you managed to get the back wall sorted. Enjoyed the thread so far.
Good work on the lawn dude.Thank you
I finished! Well, there's a bit of tidying up to do and the side planters just need finishing off but the lawn is down anyway.
I used my laser to make sure it was all level and flush with the top of the brick wall:
Then lugged all the turf up the steps and plopped it into place. I've never turfed before but it was simple enough to do.
And I had a load of turf left over so I gave it away on Facebook marketplace.
So that's it, done.
I threw myself into this project to serve as a distraction because in early June I had to say goodbye to my beautiful greyhound Bella. I was absolutely heartbroken, and then 6 weeks later I very suddenly lost my special boy Henry. Henry and I had a really close bond and it was literally a choice between sitting and crying, or digging a great big hole in my garden.
Here's Henry and Bella.