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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Hammer
    • Miter saw
    • Air compressor
    • Air hose
    • Cordless drill
    • Circular saw
    • Chalk line
    • Level
    • Hearing protection
    • Jigsaw
    • Stapler
    • Safety glasses
    • Spade
    • Utility knife

For large walls you'll need to rent a bobcat

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • (For a 32-ft. wall)
    • 1 Roll of ice-and-water barrier
    • 1 50' roll of 4" drain tile
    • 8 – 4 x 8 x 1/2" treated plywood (sheathing)
    • 2 – 2 x 6 x 16' treated (footing plates)
    • 20 – 2 x 4 x 8' treated (studs and struts)
    • 8 – 2 x 4 x 16' treated (sleeper and wall plates)
    • 2 – 2 x 8 x 16' treated (top cap)
    • 20 – 1 x 6 x 8' treated (trim boards)
    • 8 – 1 x 4 x 8’ (braces)
    • 16d galvanized framing nails
    • 8d galvanized framing nails
    • 2" deck screws
    • 3" deck screws
    • Ice and water barrier
    • Drain tile
    • Gravel
    • Topsoil
    • Exterior stain

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