08:05AM | 03/21/99
I am looking for advice and suggestions on constructing a low-cost retaining wall for the hill in my backyard. I was thinking of railroad ties, but I am not sure on how to install them. I thank you in advance. Any good books, links or topics will be appreciated


05:49AM | 03/22/99
Railroad ties are an inexpensive method, however they are quite heavy and hard to cut or drill through. You might consider windsor wall stones which interlock with a lip on the back side, they sell for about $1.60 each.


06:10AM | 04/01/99
The Interlocking Windsor stones have the advantage of being small, easy to work with, and are available in a variety of colors.
However, 1.60 may seem cheap until you need several hundred of them.

Railway ties are very heavy, hard to drill through and full of creasote and/or arsenic which can be hazardous to your health ( if you chew on them I suppose ).

Usually when you install them, after prepping the earth, you angle them back as you raise the wall. It is best to use threaded rod or similar when locking them together. Also, there are usually "deadmen" pieces installed at 90 degrees to the wall ( not sure of the right term or postion ).

There are lots of books out there (especially landscaping books) which explain the various methods of building retaining walls.

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