Retaining Wall Recommendations
I will outline why a pine or hardwood timber sleeper retaining wall really should not be used where you are trying to hold back an amount of dirt.
I would not use pine or hardwood for the following reasons:
1. With time and the exposure to the elements, the timber will rot, crack, and allow termites’ to get in and eat out the timber.
2. The time-intensive labour involved to keep them in good order by painting, then to stop water and moisture and to lessen the exposure to the elements.
3. The cost of having a pest control man coming around to treat the timber sleeper retaining walls for termites every six or twelve months for how ever long you have your property (or for as long as the wall is in place) would well out weigh the cost of putting it in, in the first place.
4. Massive pressure from the dirt behind the timber sleeper retaining walls will, over time, make the walls move outwards. The moisture held within the dirt does not help, nor does the rain, as the dirt will soak up all the moisture, making the dirt much heavier, thus more pressure against the wall to make it move.
What would I use for a retaining wall?
I would be far more inclined to use core-filled and capped besser bricks, with good strong foundation steel reinforcing rods and good drainage. I concede that using bricks for a retaining wall is much more costly (when done correctly) but, it is there for ever more and a brick retaining wall;
Does not need maintenance
Does not need to be termite treated
Does not need painting
Does not rot
Water and moisture & exposure to the elements will not damage brick retaining walls and termites can not do damage to brick retaining walls.
So why not do the sums for yourself of concrete stumps versus timber stumps?
Get in Touch
Dear Glenn With the restumping work at our home now completed, I am writing to thank you for a job well done. I was most impressed with the way this... Read More E.H. Pearson
‘To anyone needing house restumping work done, you would be very pleased with the work see to by Glen Palframan. I recently had six (6) stumps replaced & was satisfied... Read More Mrs. Grace
Hey thanks Glenn, You have done a great job there for me sub-floor report and quote. Thanks so much for your help to date you’re a legend you have saved... Read More Terry
Dear Glenn When we sent you an Email during Easter 2010 requesting advice and a quote, we did not expect to hear from you until after the holidays. We were... Read More John & Wendy Wilby
To the Palframan family – It’s nice to know that there are still people who take such pleasure in doing special things and making others feel good…THANK YOU for doing... Read More Mavis Benjamin