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Old 04-07-2012, 09:11 PM   post #1 of 13
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Small retaining wall project that took up a couple of afternoons so far. 2' x 70'. The area originally sloped up to the garage at a 6:1 slope. Tilled from the wall location out, to a point that would blend in with the rest of the yard. Got the wall going, then used the box blade to drag the loose dirt around the wall to backfill. Still more to do, but its a start. Good exercise for me and kids, too.

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The Homelite T15 with tiller, and the JD 212 with the sleeve hitch box blade:
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The area outside of the wall after removing excess:
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:13 PM   post #2 of 13
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Looking good Scott!
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Very nice job on the wall and landscaping! The box blade seems to have done a very nice job leveling the dirt out!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:28 PM   post #4 of 13
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The wall looks great Scott, nice pair of machines too!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:32 PM   post #5 of 13
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Scott, The kids and the tractors did a great job.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:35 PM   post #6 of 13
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Good job Scott!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:36 PM   post #7 of 13
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Looks great Scott. A stone patio would look really good up on top of that nice flat area.

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Great looking bit of landscaping there Scott!
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Looks great Scott. A stone patio would look really good up on top of that nice flat area.

Hope your wife isn't reading this.
That's the plan: garage apron, around to back door, over to steps down to patio at the base of the deck steps.

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:32 PM   post #10 of 13
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That's the plan: garage apron, around to back door, over to steps down to patio at the base of the deck steps.

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Looks awesome. How much fill dirt was needed?
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I've moved about 2 yards, from outside of the wall to the inside. I'll need about a yard and half of sand to build up for the paver walkway, and then a couple inches of gravel. Sand, I have lots of. Just dig a hole in the yard. It's all sand a foot down. Fill hole in with black dirt. I have extra gravel from when I dug out for a firepit last summer. I replaced my gravel drive with asphalt millings, and have extra gravel piled up for this project.
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I've moved about 2 yards, from outside of the wall to the inside. I'll need about a yard and half of sand to build up for the paver walkway, and then a couple inches of gravel. Sand, I have lots of. Just dig a hole in the yard. It's all sand a foot down. Fill hole in with black dirt. I have extra gravel from when I dug out for a firepit last summer. I replaced my gravel drive with asphalt millings, and have extra gravel piled up for this project.
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