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Tom JE

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:16 am Reply with quote

Morning chaps,

I have a garden that slopes upwards, away from the house, over a length of about 50ft. I would like to put down some decking on the lower end near the house. I'm planning on excavating some soil to create a flat area about 15ft square and would like to use railway sleepers to build a retaining wall.

A few quewstions that i have:

What should i use to support the sleepers? I was going to use fence posts behind the sleepers and then run bolts through the sleepers into the posts. Would this be sufficient?

After heavy rain i get a lot of water run off towards the house. Should i use something to proect the sleepers from the water?

Any other help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Tom
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:15 pm Reply with quote

how high?
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:25 pm Reply with quote

No more than 2ft, thanks..
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:11 pm Reply with quote

You can use fence posts of better yet off cuts of sleeper. Using long timberloks screw right through from the front but you'll need at least a corded drill to put them in or preferably and impact driver.

You need to think about drainage and putting a land drain/ french drain behind the wall as you would any retaining wall. No need for weep holes as the sleepers will have enough gaps to let it out.

Often when paving the lower side of a sleeper wall a strip of gravel is used anyway to stop cresote leaking onto paving.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:00 am Reply with quote

Hi,

I did something very similar:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106771937189795881019/GardenProject#

I used sleepers concreted vertically behing the horizontals and long timberlok screws to secure them using an impact driver.

Cheers,
Chris
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