09:00AM | 02/27/05
Member Since: 11/09/02
9 lifetime posts
My husband and I are building a 90 foot long timber retaining wall to level out the front yard (steep slope downward to neighbor's yard). We've got most of the basics figured out, but the only thing I can't seem to find an answer to is about the deadmen. Everything says to place them at the 3rd level (we're using 6x6s) about 16 feet apart. If the wall is going to be about 4 ft (8 timbers high), do we need to place additional ones at a higher level, or just the ones at the third level?

Any other hints or suggestions of things you may have run into that aren't usually addressed in the books would also be appreciated.



11:26AM | 03/05/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Sorry I don't know the answer to the deadman question.

I am commenting on the use of wood timbers. Even with good drainage behind, the wood will eventually rot away. I know it's cheaper and easier to build than stone or block. If you plan on being in the house say 10 years, you'll probably regret using wood.


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