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fGeek, you got it ALL WRONG!
Dig out the foundation for your wall. Dig the approximately 2 ft. wide, 8 inches deep.
Construction Step 2 (Filling in with base material)
- Next fill the hole with your base material. Gravel is the best base to use. Dirt can also be used, but keep in mind this is probably a long term investment.
Construction Step 3 (Compacting)
- After filling the hole with base material, now you need to compact it. The easiest way is to rent a compactor, or ‘tamper.’ This gives the block a firm base to stand on.
Construction Step 4 (Laying Base Row of Block)
- After tamping, start laying the block. The first row will need to have the flanges broken off. Smack the block with a hammer, right where the flange and block meet. Set the block without flanges in the desired spot and take out your level. If one side, or the front or back is too high, SMACK IT with your block hammer. Hit the block until its level. Do the same for each block on the bottom level.
Construction Step 5 (Stacking Blocks)
-After your base course is laid, the rest is easy. Just stack the next row, off-setting second row of block 1/2 block over from the other (Figure 3).
Construction Step 6 (Placement of Erosion Control Fabric)
- After the 2nd or 3rd row of blocks, the erosion control fabric should be placed directly behind the wall so dirt cannot get through the cracks. Make sure there is overhang at the bottom, and fold it back so dirt can be placed on it to hold it in place.
Construction Step 7
- After laying the fabric, ‘back-fill' the wall. Just take the dirt you dug out from the base. Make sure it is compacted as you go, but just stepping on it this time will do.
- After all the blocks are laid, step back, take a look, and see what you got. If you don’t like it, it can be taken apart. Its a hassle, but hey, you want this to last for a while don’t you? Be sure to return rented equipment, un-used materials, and the rest is easy. Clean up the sight.
 
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