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kumadb

08:00PM | 10/28/00
Member Since: 10/27/00
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Hi,

We have to rebuild the retaining wall made of rail road ties with either concrete or interlocking mortarless concrete blocks in our backyard. It is 80 ft long and 2-3 ft. high. Which one is cheaper as well as stronger? Can anyone please tell me the pros and cons of all the various options available?

thanks,
kumadb

rpxlpx

06:34AM | 10/30/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
I just tried a search on "retaining walls" and got MANY hits. Looks like lots of good info is out there.
When you said "with either concrete or interlocking mortarless concrete blocks"...
did you mean POURED concrete vs. interlocking blocks, or did you mean regular concrete blocks vs. interlocking blocks?

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 01, 2000).]

BobF

07:13AM | 11/02/00
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
If you're only going 3 feet high, you can use bricks, block, manufactured 'concrete' blocks, slate, fieldstone, etc.

At that height you don't even need a footer.

You can build a dry wall (without mortar). You need to get some estimates. The local big box (Lowes, Home Depot, etc) will have the concrete products. Look in the yellow pages for a stone supplier.

Prices vary across the country.

I prefer the look of river rock, though I'm building a wall now with fieldstone (free) gotten from area housing developments.

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