How to Build a Concrete Block Retaining Wall

Get your weekend workout and an attractive, hard-working wall with this DIY-friendly project

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, 3-lb.
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Level, 4-ft.
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel

Transit, Shovel, Tamper, Block chisel, Brick tongs

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Concrete blocks
  • Base gravel, compactable
  • Crushed gravel
  • Sand
  • Concrete adhesive

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