Pictures of Building a Tie Wall
Building a Tie Wall with Railroad Ties
A tie wall has many uses. In my case I built a tie wall to retain the rock in my driveway and to level the driveway parking area. The tie wall was only two rows high but more rows can be added as needed in your case. This is a simple explanation of how to build a tie wall with railroad ties.
Preparing for a Tie Wall
The general area should be cleared to allow a good work area. Use a string line to identify the tie wall placement.
Tie Wall Prep
Railroad ties are set in the general location where they will be used.
Measuring for the Tie Wall
Once the tie wall area is marked level must be found. Using a string line and level - level the string and measure the ground to string distance. Starting at the lowest spot start digging to get a level surface for the first railroad tie.
First Row of the Tie Wall
The first row must be straight and level in order for the subsequent rows of ties to fit properly. Use a long bubble level to help determine if the ground is level or not. Use finely chopped up dirt to fill in low spots.
Aligning the Tie Wall
The tie wall is kept in alignment by using a string line to identify the layout of the wall. The string is also used to help determine the amount of ground that needs to be dug up to maintain level.
Levelling a Tie Wall
Again, the string line is levelled to provide a reference point.
Through the construction of a tie wall level should be checked periodically.
Starting the Second Row of a Tie Wall
The second row of ties are ser in place and nailed to the tie below. The ties are staggered at the ends and set back in towards the fill side so as to "lean" in like a pyramid. I used a set back of about a 1/2 inch.
Installing a Tie Wall
Building the Retaining Tie Wall
Measure to Level the Tie Wall