Melanie S
Melanie S
  • Hometalker
  • Hampton, GA
Asked on Mar 28, 2012

Need someone to complete a retention wall in my backyard. I live South of Atlanta.

JasonMelanie SKMS Woodworks
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  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Mar 28, 2012

    Complete?

  • Rich M
    on Mar 28, 2012

    if ya going to tile your floor u can tile over top of the viinyl just put good streak of mud on it for it to stick to,i idid it 5 yrs ago and it is still down and none are loose or hallow,let it set for 24 hrs min then grout ;-)

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 28, 2012

    Rich M It looks like your comment here was meant for some other post?

  • Jason
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Melanie, take a look at the retaining wall I had done in my back yard (I don't know how to link it here, so just check out my profile. Is this what you're looking for? If so, I had two different teams perform the work: one for excavation and one for drainage/construction. Both did great work at a very reasonable rate. If this is the kind of thing you're interested in, I'd be happy to pass along contact information!

  • Melanie, how high is the wall. If it is over 4 feet high, you will want to be sure that an engineer plans it (and it may be a good item for small walls) to be sure it is anchored properly and has proper footings for the weight it will bear. Again, depending on the size you may need a state licensed residential or general contractor. Be sure to get someone experienced and long history and remember to do your due diligence. I have a case that was the subject of an TV investigative report and we just had an engineering inspection of work done on some small walls that support the ground that support a large deck structure, and it will all have to be removed and redone. While I expect to win any lawsuit, I also expect that the contractor will never pay a dime, so the homeowner will have to pay again for the work and also the removal of the prior work--more than the original cost. Another example of the low bidder ultimately costing a great deal more.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 29, 2012

    @jason...your wall looks great. It has me wondering if that addition was ever permitted...as the IRC has an entire section on slopes and set backs to hills and such. BTW...you might get some more efficiency with clean gutters

  • Melanie S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    @Jason love your wall but need a fence on top of it and don't think that will work well but may be willing to talk to them about it. Thank you

  • Jason
    on Mar 29, 2012

    @KMS... you're right, the work was not permitted, and since we moved in we've found a lot of problems with that addition. I'm not sure _why_ the home inspector didn't point some of these significant things out, but nonetheless here I am with a fixer-upper that was much bigger than I imagined!

  • Jason
    on Mar 29, 2012

    @Melanie, I'll PM you with contact info for my landscaper. While I'm sure he won't mind the recommendation, I'm not willing to post his info in public without approval first. Don't worry, though, I'm trying to pressure him into signing up for hometalk SOON!

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