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This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to construct a wood-timber retaining wall to create a play area. (See below for a shopping list and tools.) Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: Full episode: How to Repair a Fence Gate: How to Build a Miniature Golf Course: How to Frame Walls for a Basement Room: Shopping List for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall: – 1×3 wood stakes and nylon string, used to establish layout lines for timbers – 6×8-inch pressure-treated landscaping timbers, used to build retaining wall – wood preservative, to treat cut ends of timbers – 3/4-inch stone, used as base and drainage material – landscaping filter fabric, used to prevent soil from clogging drainpipe – 4-inch-diameter perforated drainage pipe, for draining water away from retaining wall – 1/2-inch-diameter (No. 4) x 4-foot-long metal reinforcing bar, used to stake timbers and dead men to ground – 12-inch landscaping screws, for fastening together the landscaping timbers – bark mulch, used to cover the ground in front of the retaining wall Tools for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall: – hand tamper, used to compact the soil and stone base – wheelbarrow, used to transport stone and mulch to jobsite – shovel, for excavating the ground – circular saw, used to cut timbers – impact driver, used to drive landscaping screws into timbers – drill/driver with 9/16-inch-diameter spade bit, used to bore holes in timbers for rebar stakes – sledgehammer, used to drive in rebar and wood stakes – 6-foot level – torpedo level – foam paint brush Follow This Old House: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: G+: Instagram: Tumblr: Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsHow to Build a Living Wall […]

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  • Eizabeth Newsworth 1 year ago

    This type of project has been a real hit with woodworkers all around, thanks! BTW if you didn't know Hyezmar released his Woodworking Bible at no cost, just looking for feedback.

  • pitbylllson 1 year ago


  • Daisy Stoln 1 year ago

    Hi. If you want to build it yourself just google for 'woodprix' . I know you'll find good solutions for your idea.

  • mx333111222 1 year ago


  • Marhta Linck 1 year ago

    This time I'll use woodprix instructions to make it by myself.

  • Rockin Pip 1 year ago

    hey masssachussetts boy its called rebar not rerod moron

  • aprev039 1 year ago


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  • 7t6e354r 1 year ago

    Could we see the finished product for more than 1 second?

  • ForChrist AndCountry 1 year ago

    That would also be a perfect place to paack the Caaa. Instead of paacking the Caaa in the Yaaaaad. Wikkkkked awesome. GO NOMAAA!!

  • san379 1 year ago

    great base for a big shed and tear down that other one.. the walls right on the wall

  • David Urquhart 1 year ago

    Great video – I learned a lot, thanks!

  • billywilliams williams 1 year ago

    great tits

  • Cuzntime 1 year ago

    Would this method be strong enough to keep nearby tree roots from pushing it forward?

  • robswarren 1 year ago

    by far the worst way to build a retaining wall his brace only stops the top timber from falling forward. Horrible tradesmen ship

  • Frank Salazar 1 year ago

    Does anybody know who is the girl in the video she is so fine and beautiful 

  • Frank Salazar 1 year ago

    Damn the girl in the video is fine she looks good good

  • Goon Industries 1 year ago

    Wikkedd Awesome!!!

  • ninjaman58 1 year ago

    Some 8" concrete blocks with steel rebars is the cheaper stronger faster way.