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Old 09-22-2012, 05:25 PM
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Steel Posts for small retaining walls?

I'm looking to build a few retaining walls for some tee pads. Does anyone have good specs for building a small (say 1 foot above grade) retaining wall using steel posts?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:42 AM
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I think you would be better off using railroad ties.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:59 PM
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I will be using railroad ties as the laterals. But I'm wondering if I should simply use rebar drilled through the ties or steel posts on the exterior. It doesn't have to be a professional job, just an adequate one.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:10 PM
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Rebar.
Drill holes thru tie, then hammer them into the ground after you have leveled the spot(s) you want the ties to lay.
If you are only going 1 or 2 high, they will hold fine.
If you go higher than 3, I would strongly suggest backing the ties on the fill side w/ silt screen.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:13 PM
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If you use ties, make sure to clean em up REAL good! The creosote they soak them in is nasty business and will ruin carpets and have undesirable effects on skin.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:10 PM
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He isn't putting them in his living room... lol, who has problems with RR ties on their carpets or skin on a DG course.

Anyways, try to stay away from exterior metal posts, they catch the back of peoples ankles easy, also bend and become hazardous. For retaining walls we do rebar down the center or cut up pieces of green fence posts. Hammer the fence posts on the inside and nail them to your retaining wall material a few inches below what ground level will be. Backfill with dirt completely covering up the posts. You do not want to add tripping or cutting hazards to your course especially around the teepad where you will see the most traffic by people not paying attention to where they are walking.


This was all built by Stan, Sam, and I (some others too) with cheap green fence posts on the inside (from Home Depot) AND we didnt ruin any carpet or skin.



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Old 09-24-2012, 06:00 PM
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cool I'll use rebar on the ties: they're actually pressure treated landscape timbers (maybe 6x6s?). Its a private course and will hardly see any traffic. Just want to level some ground in a few spots and secure it enough to last. Thanks for the replies and if you have any other ideas please feel free to respond
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