Building a Goat Barn #5: Retaining Wall Setback...

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Blog entry by David Bareford posted 07-30-2014 07:51 PM 1532 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The site for the barn is not dug far enough back into the hill. The ground is not yet level, though the slight slope that remains shouldn’t be a huge issue. The barn is going to have a dirt floor anyway (on the goat half, at least), and the slope might help drainage. Once I establish my lowest post footing, I can use that as a reference datum point to calculate the heights of all the over posts in order to get a level rings of beams despite the irregular ground surface.

However, in researching what would be needed for a 4-foot high drywall stacked retaining wall, sources that seemed to know what they were talking about indicated that for an approximately 20-foot long wall, I would need about 7 yards of stone. My nephew had that much available from his property, all the local basalt that is bedrock out here. Basalt is super heavy, and my calculations indiated the 7 yds would be +/- 17 tons of rock! Getting to my property wouldn’t be a problem—Ken has a dump truck and a Kubota loader—but the barn sits about 50 yards away from and 20 feet greater in elevation from the closet point we could bring heavy equipment. That meant that all the rock would have to be dumped in my driveway and hauled up by me in a wheelbarrow, a few stones at a time.

I’m a hand tool guy and a bit of a traditionalist, but I’m also 46, at that sounded like WAY more work than I’m wiling to do, and I’ll have to rethink the stone idea…

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 09:49 PM

Interesting read so far. Looking forward to read more about the project!

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 06:47 AM


I can feel the blisters starting again, along with the backache!


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