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This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to construct a wood-timber retaining wall to create a play area. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Shopping List for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- 1x3 wood stakes [https://amzn.to/2M18dFg] and nylon string [https://amzn.to/2HBw0GJ], used to establish layout lines for timbers
- 6x8-inch pressure-treated landscaping timbers [https://amzn.to/2QbzIe4], used to build retaining wall
- wood preservative [https://amzn.to/2JJaXVj], to treat cut ends of timbers
- 3/4-inch stone [https://amzn.to/2EdQRPu], used as base and drainage material
- landscaping filter fabric [https://amzn.to/2LO8Wd3], used to prevent soil from clogging drainpipe
- 4-inch-diameter perforated drainage pipe [https://amzn.to/2HLe2BJ], for draining water away from retaining wall
- 1/2-inch-diameter (No. 4) x 4-foot-long metal reinforcing bar [https://amzn.to/2W9sgFy], used to stake timbers and dead men to ground
- 12-inch landscaping screws [https://amzn.to/2VBu9Xq], for fastening together the landscaping timbers
- bark mulch [https://amzn.to/2YAKsFK], used to cover the ground in front of the retaining wall

Tools for How to Build a Timber Retaining Wall:
- hand tamper [https://amzn.to/2JSBlfz], used to compact the soil and stone base
- wheelbarrow [https://amzn.to/2HlIx1Y], used to transport stone and mulch to jobsite
- shovel [https://amzn.to/2w3KUzU], for excavating the ground
- circular saw [https://amzn.to/2VwSi0W], used to cut timbers
- impact driver [https://amzn.to/2VsuNGw], used to drive landscaping screws into timbers
- drill/driver [https://amzn.to/2VvOsp8] with 9/16-inch-diameter spade bit [https://amzn.to/2JHHKdk], used to bore holes in timbers for rebar stakes
- sledgehammer [https://amzn.to/2W2h4uv], used to drive in rebar and wood stakes
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