Build a Workshop Page 1
Welcome to the build a workshop series. In June of 2016 my wife and I had a modular home built on the property and soon after that I realized that I would need a place to work on my projects. First things first. Warnings: You will need to contact your local authorities for permits and zoning before you build your workshop. I am not a pro at this, I am just a guy who wanted to build a workshop. IF you are going to use this series as a guide please do your own research on code and requirements for your area.This was my very first time to make a block retaining wall. I think that it turned out well! First I made the frame to hold the concrete in place. I used decking boards and screwed a 16" board to one side as the end cap. The allowed the room between the dirt and frame edge to be 16". I then mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow with water. I poured the mix into the frame and smoothed it out. It was a lot of work but will last for a very long time. After all the mix was finished I then used rebar every 16" so that I could install the blocks with supports. Ideally it would be good to have taller rebar but I was working with what I had. With the rebar installed I then work on collecting the blocks for the wall build. These blocks are from an old project but they are still good for a wall. Be sure to let the footer cure before moving on to the blocks. To lay the blocks I mixed the sand and cement mixture with water until it was a nice yogurt consistency. I then plopped a healthy amount on the footer in the shape of the block. I like to lay a string a cement along the footer long enough to get 2 or 3 blocks installed. Then I install those blocks. I moved along until the first coarse of blocks was complete. Then I moved on to the second and third. Before going too high with the blocks I then installed the drain pipe. This is a corrugated black pipe 4" in diameter. I installed a T with pipe going up to a point above the wall. This acts as a clean out for future use. With the drain installed I then continue to install the blocks until the wall is done. Because the hill was not a consistent hight I was able to taper the blocks as the wall got shorter on the ends. After the block was finished it was time to get the water barriers installed. I used a product called Bluemax to coat the blocks and then I used a water proof membrane along the blocks. On the dirt side I used a sheet of cloth that would let water pass and not dirt. Then I filled the gap with rocks. The wall has held up well for over a year at the time of writing this post.