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How to Build a Retaining Wall


What our Retaining wall video will be about:

See the comprehensive list here.

With poured concrete retaining walls, backfill is placed between the wall and the slope after the wall is constructed; therefore, many engineers call the retained soil behind a retaining wall as backfill.


A gravity retaining wall “L” shape, as exemplified in this sketch, was chosen for our video, because it is one of the most common types of retaining walls.


This is called gravity retaining walls because the weight of the materials behind the wall, and the volume of the wall itself, as long as the wall is monolithic and solid, will maintain its stability by gravity.


The building of this type of wall, although seemingly complicated, it’s the simplest and most efficient general design.


Probably that is why many engineers prescribe this type of wall for most of the not-so-drastic terrains, because it is a simpler solution and cost-efficient.


Understand Retaining Wall Design

We made a retaining wall video to explain all that you find in this page. But we also have the answers here for people like you who prefer to read.


Retaining walls provide lateral support to vertical slopes of soil.


In simpler language, they support soil, which would otherwise collapse at the natural state.

And it most likely would happen, under stresses of the weather, or even during seismic events.


Hopefully, you got an engineer to design your Retaining wall.


An engineer will take in consideration, soils reports, slope-bend analysis, and other essential pieces of information.


There are some procedures that we do not expect everyone to understand, But they are important for everyone’s safety.


Most of the supported soil, after a retaining wall is built, is sometimes referred to as backfill.

Here is a video illustrating the need of a properly engineered wall, that will help you understand it further and follow the recommendations in our video.


Retaining Wall Design Made Simple

• The soil that goes behind the retaining wall, it is what you want to contain. • This soil has to be removed and replaced at the end, so it has to be stored for a while. • Soils have to be properly compacted and with other safety devices built into it, to reduce the loads behind the w