With proper planning, a small to medium sized retaining wall can be a weekend project. The most simple method of retaining is using a masonry link wall block such as the Adbri Versawall Block. This type of block requires no specific engineering, concrete, mortar or glue. That being said, if you’re planning a large wall (long or high), take your time and DON’T attempt it in just one weekend!
Order your gear in advance! For a weekend project, we recommend having everything delivered on the Thursday (or 2 delivery days before you require the gear). This allows for a little wiggle room incase something doesn’t go to plan. There’s always the Friday to get it sorted. There’s nothing worse than looking for something first thing Saturday morning and realising it hasn’t been delivered or you neglected to add it to the order!
We would suggest a retaining wall between 5-8 square metres on solid level ground could be thrown up over a weekend. Invite your mates around, and tell them to bring beer.
Other weekend retaining wall projects may include timber sleepers. Once again, this is a fantastic DIY friendly option and a small to medium sized wall can easily be knocked up over a weekend with the right tools, know-how and planning.
Retaining Wall Shopping List
- Link Wall Selection (10% extra for wastage)
- Base Material (Road Base)
- Drainage Material (20mm Drainage Gravel)
- Ag-Pipe (100mm Socked Ag)
- String Line
- Spirit Level
- Rubber Mallet
- Cutting Equipment
- Bolster & Hammer
- Wheelbarrow, shovel & rake
- Carton of your favourite beer!