How to Build a Retaining Wall – Step by Step

How to Build a Retaining Wall – Step by Step

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  1. StrykerPark on October 4, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Well done. Clear and concise instructional video. TV worthy no problem. Thank you sir.

  2. Cross Clarity on October 4, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Where are your goggles dude?

  3. James Bell on October 4, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Production 1st safety 2nd. Old school.

  4. Rick X on October 4, 2021 at 8:04 am

    OMG when SAWING the blocks……… be sure to keep your feet right next to the moving blade ……….. that way if the saw jumps it’ll cut off your toes…………. NOT liking the idea of stabilizing the block RIGHT NEXT TO THE SAW BLADE………. WAY tooooooo easy for the saw to jump & take off toes or more. Oh also about no safety gear… nothing like sucking in concrete dust… if you look on the package it SAYS it WILL damage your lungs………. if you’re only concerned about production and not safety then OK go ahead and destroy the function of your lungs … just breathe less often right? WRONG……… wear the safety gear no matter WHAT anybody says

  5. David McDougall on October 4, 2021 at 8:06 am

    I all for taking a few liberties with safety equipment but I’m sure I would have used safety glasses while cutting concrete.

  6. Byron Goldberg on October 4, 2021 at 8:10 am

    25:17 are you serious, cowboys on a construction are a hazard to everyone, this is just stupidity disguised as bravado. Think alot of your videos are great but this is not advisable.

  7. jim black on October 4, 2021 at 8:11 am

    what size are those blocks?

  8. Ryan Olynyk on October 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Good video, good information presented. I agree with the other commenter about PPE: don’t do what this guys is doing. Glasses and ear protection for sure, and a mask rated for concrete dust. Silicosis is a very real, very nasty possibility if you don’t take proper safety precautions.

  9. RuRazRaz Media on October 4, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Hey Jeff. Can you make a video going a little more in depth on building a retaining wall on a slope, targeting leveling and step ups? Cheers!

  10. Josh D on October 4, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Production first, safety second until you get hurt bad enough and can’t produce.

  11. Xristos Pretaniou on October 4, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Great video and tips< I was appalled by the not using safety equipment, but you covered that at the end, except I had noticed the heavy breathing through out the video, I’m 67 and I don’t breathe that heavy unless i’m really moving along, so you might want to get that checked out, it might be the dust, just a cold, or as I have noticed in the industry when over forty, its smoking, booze or both.

  12. Dahnoie D on October 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

    25:49, srsly? No mask, no safety glasses, tennis shoes and a huge whirling blade of death. What could go wrong?

  13. Sinz Mayne on October 4, 2021 at 8:15 am


  14. Paul T. on October 4, 2021 at 8:15 am

    We need to clone this guy so every town can have one. We’ll call it Clone Depot. I know it’s just a dream, oh Lowes me…😜

  15. Paul Slager on October 4, 2021 at 8:19 am

    For anyone watching please use the proper aggregate, he is not. He keeps mentioning stone dust, you DO NOT want a bunch of fines in your base material for a retaining wall, you want more chips, there are many reasons for this you can research. I also recommend spending a couple extra bucks to install a universal base pad that can stabilize and offset any inconsistencies in your base that might develop over time with water and frost.

  16. Steve Dumas on October 4, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Production first ,safety second,…no,no,no,no.

  17. Douglas Baker on October 4, 2021 at 8:21 am

    How deep should the base be? And is there is a difference in depth with different sizes of stone or does height of the wall make a difference in the depth of the base? the do

  18. Trevor Wesley on October 4, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Trying this out today no experience. .. lets give this a go trial and error

  19. Deryck on October 4, 2021 at 8:22 am

    This guy is the best! Thank you.

  20. Joshua Kelly on October 4, 2021 at 8:23 am

    anyone else notice the dude in the background around 23:25? lol.

  21. George Kay on October 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Pretty good instructional..I would add that when applying the adhesive you should make sure the blocks are dust free for better bonding and adhesion

  22. Roger Plasse on October 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I being working on this kind of work for a long time, and all that follows is experience involving me or my workers. Safety is first. When cutting you produce a lot of silica dust. And yes a little bit of dust will definitely kill ya on the long run. Silica does not come out of the lungs and with the years what you breathed in will absolutely destroy your lungs even a little, there is a nice youtube video that explains it look it up…please please at least wear a dust mask. Gogles are also a must, you think you got all the dust and particle out of your eyes but chances are you didn’t, eyes try to protect themselves so they immediately grow a film over the particles, within a couple days, the doctor will have to dig to get the particles out. And I have personally witnessed a man cut the tip of his foot off with this tool, freakin wear safety boots or shoes.

  23. Chris V on October 4, 2021 at 8:25 am

    24:45 .. no safety shoes, no mask, no eye protection, no hearing protection… what kind of amateur hour crap was that? I use one of those all the time at work and you would get thrown off the job site doing that.

  24. Amanda Peine on October 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    I’m not sure what GA is. Gravel aggregate? It was suddenly there with no explanation until minutes later. Not sure what hammer he’s using either.

  25. Matt Kribs on October 4, 2021 at 8:30 am

    is it necessary to add the drainage if you are just doing a simple 2ft tall wall on a personal residence? we do not have issues with drainage presently but our current retaining wall is not compact like a concrete block would be. thanks!

  26. tylerplaysthedrums on October 4, 2021 at 8:30 am

    My dude you are awesome but you really need a mask when you’re cutting those blocks. Your lungs will thank you, OG.

  27. Pedro Hernandez on October 4, 2021 at 8:31 am

    26:48 lmao subscribe

  28. Shawn P on October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I love his passion, can do attitude, and his very specific pro advice on money saving diy jobs. I plan to use this videos info.

  29. Dev Everything on October 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Hey Panda, I almost didnt recognize ya

  30. Cross Clarity on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    and dusk mask

  31. Andy Taylor on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    I would personally do many things differently being a professional. This is pretty basic information for the guy who wants to attempt it on his own.

  32. Jarlam Chen on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    please man. Wear hearing protection… Im not concerned and absolutely agree with ”if you know how to handle a machine, its up to you” but would be nice if you dont kill your hearing by doing this

  33. Paula Hinz on October 4, 2021 at 8:40 am

    I love Jeff’s know how and technique; and his excellent instruction with no nonsense! Thank You 🙂

  34. Outlet on October 4, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Great video, especially since that’s my next DIY project. Four things I consider before I start a project: Time, Effort, Money, and Help, if needed. I’m going to build a ramp about 1 foot high to reach the floor. I’m going to use patio blocks for the side detaining wall. Your video took care of explaining how to do this job, Thanks. I’m thinking of using concrete and rebar for the base as it self levels.

  35. Jesse valencia on October 4, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Great video! Me and my dad are building a retaining wall and this guide is on point to help us be successful with our diy project. Much appreciate the great advice!

  36. Loreto Gutiérrez on October 4, 2021 at 8:42 am


  37. Brian Purcell on October 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Great video except production first, safety second — come on man — glasses, ear protection, and mask when using the saw

  38. Sean Baker on October 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    One requirement when buying my house was NO retaining walls anywhere on the property or neighboring properties.

  39. Giggidygiggidy12 on October 4, 2021 at 8:46 am

    This wall would never fly out in CA. Everything is over engineered for quakes

  40. Ranferi Aguilar on October 4, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Muy bien. Exelente amigo gracias 🙏 por enseñar. Dios lo vendiga good job thank

  41. Eric Morrison on October 4, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Sweet video.

  42. Laura Ferraris on October 4, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Safety precaution is definitely not this guy’s thing . You’re making a video for amateurs I could see somebody cutting their foot off or going blind from getting hit with stone. Really safety needs to be stepped up in this video.

  43. ocean374 on October 4, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Awesome thanks for the video I have a small hill slope I like to do this

  44. Coon Dung on October 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

    No need cement to hold the bricks together ?.

  45. Crypto Prepper on October 4, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Flat edged shovel that slides like a hot knife through butter in the Rockies of Colorado…..lmao. Not. If only.

  46. sailfree67 on October 4, 2021 at 8:56 am

    no dust mask ???? and some steel cap boots would be an idea too

  47. Matt Lewis on October 4, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Easy as pie

  48. Cracker Jack on October 4, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Saw and foot safety first

  49. Lethal5.0 on October 4, 2021 at 8:59 am

    25:49 That does not seem like OSHA regulations sir lol

  50. Hans Oosterom on October 4, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Good video. To the point. Accurate and very informative as are all your productions. Thank you.

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