How to Build a Retaining Wall and 6 Reasons they Fail

How to Build a Retaining Wall and 6 Reasons they Fail

We are going to show you how to build a Retaining wall and show you 6 reasons they Fail. Today we cover the basics that will let you build a better wall and become a skilled installer! This Retaining wall Project near St.Paul MN is typical of an Installation that the owner neglected which led to its collapse. You can avoid these common mistakes and Learn how to Build a retaining wall for yourself.
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  1. Nadeem Wolverine on January 3, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Your filming reminds of Eric the car guy……

    Umm Maybe Scotty is his name actually, you know the old guy!

  2. Danny Yal on January 3, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    What would happen if there was a 2000l water tank on top of the retaining wall. Willl that weight affect the integrity of the wall?

  3. levelseven on January 3, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    @ 2:31 you didn’t explain why it was failing??

    You just said that a properly installed wall didn’t need drain tile, and it would fail over time.

    What did they do wrong?

  4. German Martinez on January 3, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    We’ll made video. You definitely have the experience. What do you think of plantable walls like, Verdura Walls by Soil Retention. No base or backfill is needed. They stones are stacked on top of each other and spaced apart for planting. Have you ever installed a type of "green plantable wall.?" If so, what is your experience.

  5. Jose Luis Quesada S. on January 3, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    civil engineer

  6. Arwen Gregg on January 3, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Bought my first house it’s on a hill slopes going perpendicular to each other with a driveway along the gentler slope.
    The retaining wall along the driveway has a crack due to a tree planted way too close.
    I will be taking down that tree and working on the wall in spring should I build a whole new wall or is there a way to fix a severe crack in a cement wall?

  7. cylentstoner on January 3, 2022 at 2:57 pm


  8. nima tshering on January 3, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Today I was moving around the wall and just happened to see that the soil near the wall was sinking and was porous just like u said and shown. I would have ignored it if I hadn’t seen this video. I am newly graduated and damn sure ignored it. Thank you sir for preventing me from a disaster

  9. Syeda Jannat Ara Hoque on January 3, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    How can I make a retaining wall for a corner plot ? The plot is goes down all the way from front ,side and back to the roads.

  10. MichelleDuenez on January 3, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    How do we know what kind of retaining wall we need in our backyard?

  11. Gregory Gardens on January 3, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Got any information about putting dead men in 8 by 8 by 16 cinder block retainer walls?

  12. GGC on January 3, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Great video👍👍👍

  13. St. Paul MN on January 3, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    There are snakes in those holes

  14. Ed T on January 3, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Good info. Worst audio ever!

  15. Philip Martin on January 3, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Have you ever done a moat?

  16. Sean McGuire on January 3, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Would a French drain work if it’s near the top?

  17. Jon Dingle on January 3, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Very interesting video.

  18. Joel Fierro on January 3, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Very well explained. Came across your video looking for info on a retaining wall built next to another retaining wall on staggered property. Haven’t come across any videos addressing this. I can send pictures of my situation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  19. Robbo on January 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    This dude is a retaining wall master

  20. RockGardenStatues on January 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    I have a Rock Garden, this was built 40 Years ago by my Dad. I’m having issues with a retaining wall. It is 4 ft high no cement there are gaps in the rocks. I wanted to know would it be best to fill these gaps with 3/4 crushed rock or rebar and cement? the soil is clay type of soil, every year I have shovel up 1 ft 1/2 foot of dirt. There is not much rain in this area, the retaining wall is still very solid.The gaps allow both Ground squirrels and snakes into these gaps. I’m not sure if the gaps are created by the Ground Squirrels making a bigger place to stay or if it is Rainfall. Please let me know

  21. Aussie Bicolana Lifestyle on January 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Tks for sharing. Regards from Sydney Australia 🇦🇺

  22. Faith Lam on January 3, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Where is your company? Need 2 small retainer wall at backyard

  23. mia795 on January 3, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    HELP! I have a wall blowout and am getting bad advice from contractors. Any way to contact you and send photos?

  24. Rich Rodriguez on January 3, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Great info. I’d hate to put in all the effort of building a wall only to see it fail later on. Thanks for the tips.

  25. Gitta Pierro on January 3, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Gosh, and I was hoping it was just a cattle panel and T-stakes and bags of cat litter. Well, you’ve opened my eyes, and I know better now! Thank you very much.

  26. John Wagner on January 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    You can’t have it both ways with gravel. Gravel is used as a base for foundations because it transfers load from the building to the ground. You say, at the end of the video, the gravel won’t transmit ground movement (force) to the retaining wall. How does it do one thing (transmit force) and then, at the same time, not transfer force? Seems like someone is practicing civil engineering without being an engineer.

  27. Denvo on January 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    This guy knows his stuff.

  28. Jessica Copeland on January 3, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t believe you made a video about retaining walls in your neck o’ the woods WITHOUT mentioning freeze/thaw effect.

    Great vid though! Hopefully I can catch up with you guys at GIE this year.

  29. Mark Wilber on January 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Hello. we are wondering about french drain installs and product alternatives for small bendable tubes. We are also curious about using older and equally effective methods of retaining earth than concrete. On the otherside of the spectrum, can you comment on the use of earthbags as a retainting wall ?

  30. Asim on January 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy looks like John Travolta from some angles ??

  31. FMF Vet Ramos on January 3, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    I made the slight mistake of building my 15 inch high retainer wall with river rock behind it instead of rock wall. I did install perforated piping with a drain outing. How likely will this screw up my new project?

  32. Mahdi Ayat on January 3, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    What do you think about this failure?!

  33. ATL Eddie Real Estate TV on January 3, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Do you have any advice about putting a fence on a retaining wall. I’m having a 4 foot wall built and I don’t want my kids to use it as a launching pad to fly down the hill LOL so thinking of putting a fence on it. It is carrying a load from a hill

  34. Soyomofo on January 3, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    I had a problem with a yellow jacket nest built in between wedge retaining stones, bought from a Big Box store, after completing a retaining wall project. I used the rocks of various shapes/sizes to include the dirt from leveling/grading in front of and behind a retaining wall site. Luckily the nest was under the first/top row of stones, making it easy to expose the nest. Had it been at the base or five stones down, I’d have to dismantle a big part of the wall as the stones are staggered. I guess my error was either too much dirt in other areas or large rocks causing large gaps behind the wall?

  35. Walter Tavita BROWN on January 3, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Drainage very important, and geogrid will assist the wall not to collapse..awesome video..

  36. Shelly Hankins on January 3, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Looking for on bond wall failure

  37. gao lily on January 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    How to calculate the retaining wall base depth? I with my husband want to built a about 2 foot high retaining wall .

  38. tyson sargent on January 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Hey great video! Wondering if you’d be willing to help me out with my retaining wall i have at my house right now and maybe give me an idea for it?

  39. SCG77 on January 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Tell me this is disaster –

  40. B H on January 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    I have drystack walls that were built in Ecuador and one came down some. Where can I send you some pics? Thanks

  41. Rachel kang on January 3, 2022 at 3:33 pm
  42. Paul Kovac on January 3, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Reason #7 was going to be if the guy that built the wall doesn’t have a hat or sunglasses.

  43. Jake Behrens on January 3, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    do you use 3/4 clear instead of 3/4 minus so the fines dont plug up the drainage system

  44. Stanley Roberts on January 3, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    job vedios

  45. Papa Ivan on January 3, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I love this video. Thank you for making it.

  46. Brian Krienke on January 3, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Is there any way to "anchor" a block wall like that single element wall?

  47. richard graves on January 3, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Can I use concrete to make a retaining walk? what is your advice?

  48. ScanTheSandMan on January 3, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Awesome video man. It was so perfectly and easily understandably put, that i just soaked up so much knowledge in such a short amount of time on a category ive never personally dealt with til this exact moment in time..

    Well done sir.
    Good form

  49. Stuart Avant on January 3, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    mud slide

  50. Bill T on January 3, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    retaining walls should be built with reinforced blocks and core filled with 16mm bar on footings that can absorb pressure below the ground as well there are correct tables to follow when building retaining walls if your not sure how to construct them. furthermore what the best materials are for different concepts and designs. for example, these stackers are not designed for this type of retaining wall. so selling a better product to the customer is all so very important so you don’t have these types of issues in the long run.

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