Need a shallow two-row brick retaining wall for small patio

20 Aug 2019
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I need to lay a shallow two-row, single skin brick retaining wall for levelling off a small patio which will be used for a shed/bin store. I'm doing this because the ground is at a slight gradient. It will be about 2m.

1. Can I lay the bricks on compacted hardcore sub-base, rather than cement too?

2. Is it advisable to start laying bricks below the topsoil level, so 1 row below and two above (giving me a 2-row wall)?

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youll have to use cement in your brickwork anyway. why not chuck some sand and cement in with your sub base and make concrete. the correct way.
Deffo concrete it, doesn’t have to be very thick, keep it a couple of courses below ground level, and it’ll pretty much level itself with a quick tamp so easier than hardcore anyway

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