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November 22, 8:29 PM [GMT -5]

I built this exact wall (4 feet high) in the corner of my yard...45' along the back and another 45' along the side for a total of 90' of retaining wall! I mounted my 4' aluminum fence to the top of the wall...it looks extremely awesome!
I would love to help anyone who wants to build this wall...I took pictures of every step.
Feel free to contact me.
cevert@d211.org

April 06, 5:51 PM [GMT -5]

The question was asked: "How long should the struts for the deadman be? The article does not say. I'm building a 4' tall wall."
This is a good question. They must, of course, be beyond the area you are filling, so the dirt will be packed down, allowing it to hold the "Deadmen" better.
Their are several things that determine the construction and design of these "Deadmen."
The main thing is the type of dirt that will be used to fill behind the wall. If it is a dirt that is loose, sandy type soil, it will be constantly pressing and packing down on the wall, trying to push it outward. If it is a hard, red-clay type of soil, it will pack, and tend to hold itself better. The looser the soil, the more the holding power of the "Deadmen" will be required.
Another thing that will determine how long the struts should be, is, of course the height of the wall. The higher the wall, the more weight will be against it. I built a concrete wall many years ago, and used 1" re-bar for the "deadmen." I left it the full 20 feet long, and dug a trench to bury it in. On the end the farthest from the wall, I bent the end and poured a concrete pad 2' X 2' and buried it below the ground surface.
The struts in this wall, shown in this article, in my opinion should have been twice as long, and DEFINITELY need a much bigger size on the end that is the farthest from the wall, to bury under the ground. What is shown in this article will not hold long. It will start to lean quickly. I bet, even as they back-filled the wall, it started leaning. Those "Struts" aren't holding very much. That little, flat, 2" X 4" (Sleeper) that is being buried in the ground will just slide as the wall tries to lean outward.
So, basically, what I am saying is that the way they have done it here is good, except for one thing. The "Struts" should be LONGER, extending 2 or 3 feet beyond the "Sleeper" and made to hold themselves to the ground by, maybe pouring concrete, or driving a full 2" x 4" stake into the ground, as far as you can, at the end of each one, and screwing the "Deadman" to the stake. If using that method, the stake should be driven into the ground with the widest side (3 1/2") facing the wall, for more holding power. There are countless ways to design this, my method is only one.
FYI, I am in the process of building a retaining wall on my own property, and, I used NO struts. My wall is 3' high at the highest point, and I used 4" x 4" posts, concreted 2 1/2' into the ground, every 7 feet. When I back-filled my wall, it actually bend some of the posts, so, I know from recent experience how much pressure is exerted against a retaining wall.
SO, you have to understand that the wall in this article is totally dependent upon those "Struts" to keep it from falling over. I like my 4" x 4" post idea much better.
I've rambled on long enough. I hope this made sense to someone.

klc

August 31, 2:23 AM [GMT -5]

I love the look of this wall!! I have a steep sloping hillside in front of my house down to the street ....about 5 ft high and 45* that I would love to make into terraced flowerbeds. Could you give a suggestion on using this wall with 2 terraces about 21/2 feet deep??

Thanks...K

June 27, 11:39 AM [GMT -5]

How long should the struts for the deadman be? The article does not say. I'm building a 4' tall wall.

Thanks

September 18, 8:37 PM [GMT -5]

Hello, About to build a few walls following this guide. What is the purpose of the Rain & Ice shield? Also any recommendations on stain for the lumber? I live in Arkansas if that matters. Thanks

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