Landscape Design forum: Uneven Retaining Wall

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marcoroman89
May 15, 2018 8:08 PM CST
Hello,

I build a retaining wall, and used a level to ensure that the baseline brick was gorunded even with the gravel.

I glued the third brick base to the second, and have already glued the toppers with construction adhesive.

The retaining wall is elevated higher on the left side and if you view the image below, you can see the slope from left to right.

I'm not sure how to fix this now that I've glued this up. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 15, 2018 8:14 PM CST
I'm thinking the land slopes in that direction for proper drainage as it is in the front of our home? Do you have plants in mind? Your attention is brought to the unevenness because the foundation line is visible. I think once shrubs and plants are in it will be less noticeable. After all, you dont want to mess with the slope of the land and drainage. Good job on the wall,btw and Welcome!
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marcoroman89
May 15, 2018 9:40 PM CST
Hello,

It actually slopes towards the picture/camera. It slopes torward the street. Not right hand side.

I'm not too sure what I can do to level this properly without completely removing the top and 3rd row bricks now.
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RpR
May 15, 2018 10:02 PM CST
marcoroman89 said:Hello,

I build a retaining wall, and used a level to ensure that the baseline brick was gorunded even with the gravel.

I glued the third brick base to the second, and have already glued the toppers with construction adhesive.

The retaining wall is elevated higher on the left side and if you view the image below, you can see the slope from left to right.

I'm not sure how to fix this now that I've glued this up. Any suggestions?
Thanks.


There is no good news if you wish to level it.
Except for the cap stones, there is no real good reason to glue them down.
You will have to remove everything down to the gravel/sand base and do it again.
You MUST check level every time you put a block down,
I use a four by four and a four pound mini sledge to hammer them level. I if it gets cock-eyed check your base. If your base gets too compacted you have to add to it check level and then, gently, no harder than necessary hammer it level. You then take a long level and measure across three blocks.
You can scrape the glue off and as I said except for the cap stone there is no need to glue them.

How thick is the base gravel?
Was the ground under the gravel solid or soft?
Was the base ground semi-level before you put gravel on it?
Do not lay on gravel, put sand, and inch or so on top of the gravel and set your blocks on that.
Gravel will not level due rocks.
I did this for a living for years and it takes practice to get a feel for it.
Check your level, then check it again, then check it again without stopping every time you lay a block.
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A1Landscaping
May 23, 2018 11:45 AM CST
I would put some plants in the flower bed to conceal the house unevenness with the wall-the wall looks to be sloped in the correct direction however the foundation line makes it look unproportionate. The planting of the plants will conceal this.
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plantmanager
May 23, 2018 11:56 AM CST
Doing it over again would be worth it if it's going to really bother you. If not, planting and letting the plants disguise it would be fine. I'd plant the plants and be done with it, but my husband would rip it all out and start anew just like RPR said.
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bloominholes2fill
Oct 4, 2018 5:33 AM CST
I'm curious as to what you decided to do?
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