DIY Retaining Wall - Railroad Ties
Kyle and I have been working on creating a nice outdoor space for our yard. We had a block retaining wall built for the patio we will be installing, but once the builders left, we realized the grade behind the wall was still too steep. We decided instead of having the company come back and extend the wall (which would take a while and be very expensive), we would add in some railroad ties. Our hot tub is going in this corner and will cover most of the wall, so we weren’t too worried about the look of the ties against the block!
Railroad ties are a great options for a retaining wall or landscape bed. They are relatively cheap and DIY friendly.
What we used:
Pressure treated 6x6s
Pressure treated 2x4
8 inch screws
Step 1: Dig out area
First, we dug down where we wanted our railroad ties to be and made sure it was level. We have access to a excavator from Kyle’s job, but you can also rent one if needed.
Step 2: Gravel
We put down item 4 and tamped it down, ensuring it was level. This helps with drainage and support.
Step 3: Add ties
Next it’s time to add the 6x6s. Making sure the first one is level is key, so take your time here. We attached ours together with 8inch screws.
Step 4: Deadmen
Then it was time to add in the dead men. We used 6x6s and a 2x4. These pieces act as an anchor for the wall and will be burried once we backfill. The size of the dead men and how many you’ll need are dependent on the size of your wall, so do some research here!
Step 5: Finish wall
Finally, we added the rest of the 6x6s to finish off the wall.
We still need to add some finishing touches, like drainage and backfill, but the actually wall construction was simple! (I say, even though my husband did all of the work )
- 8in screws