Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 55
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rpsabq A very doable, rewarding project!
Wanted a corner, raised flower bed without having to do too much cutting or concrete work. The blocks were great to install and the project was done in about 2 half days.
May 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PeteG my retaining wall
A little more money but worth the slate look! Im a happy consumer! Used a diamond blade to make the corner cuts.
April 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Fire pit
I used these retaining wall blocks to build a fire pit. Most kits are about 30 diameter burning area and I wanted a larger area and didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars. I simply modified the blocks by hammering off the lip to flatten each block. A rock hammer tool is ideal for this but a regular hammer will work. The outer diameter is about 5 ft and the inn is about 4ft or 48 inches. The cost of the 48 blocks was about $140. Enjoy the pic and video!
July 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by brainhub Easy to work with
I removed one star for variations in the color. As others mentioned, you have to dig through pallets to find what you think the color should be.
Because uncapped stones look too much "DYI" to me due to triangular holes and there are no corner blocks, for best result expect to cut the stones. Diamond blade on a circular saw is your minimum investment. This generates a lot of dust, so be sure to use a respirator and a fan.
I set the top with a mortar and filled a spaces on the caps as if they were tiles. This should be fine for a small area where it doesn't snow.
May 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KSGuy1234 Great stones
These stones were great. I ordered a pallet and did a retaining wall and a flower bed. Out of 144 stones maybe 10-15 were broke beyond use, but overall they look amazing. I was able to use some of the designs from others to make my wall really pop.
To build a wall/bed you need- shovel/hoe, river pebbles or sand, dead blow hammer, beer, pizza, a level, something to cut the stone (I used 7 inch masonary blade for circular saw), cocnrete adhesive if putting caps on.
tips- start at low spot, use spray paint or string for straight line, use 1 foot and 4 foot levels, use sand or river pebble rocks to help level, plan your drainage, dont over use the circular saw blade as it overheats easily. Also I had the pallet delivered for $65 or so, which was better than I would have guessed. Also, you spend 90% of your time getting the base level and ready, then it goes up fast.
June 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Imp Good blocks
I built a 75 linear foot retaining wall using about 400 bricks. First of all, I ordered these online because I needed 400 (I accidentally ordered 500 but home depot happily returned them) and the shipping went flawless and none were damaged during shipment; however, they did have scuff marks which I'm sure will come off with time. Also, the colors were varied and I got a little more of the tan ones. Also, you should use construction glue when stacking these because the lips were damaged (looks like form the factory) on a lot of them and could probably not hold up to much pressure.
It took me about a week to dig the trench (working a few hours each day) because the ground was very compacted and then I filled it with liner and paver base with sand on top. I started placing the blocks and leveling them with a torpedo level and a carpenters level. However, I ran into an issue because a few of the blacks were not flat at the top! This is why the torpedo level came in handy. Make sure to look for these. After laying down the first layer, the next ones were easy to place, however, on curves the blocks wont always fit right so you may have to remove the lip from them to get the turn to work better.
Some tips: Be sure to remove the lips on the ones that are at the base, remove lips off turns and use construction glue, alternate color and design randomly, dont forget to add wall caps at the top for a cleaner look. Do these and you should have a nice wall!
Oh and before I forget, thanks to Home Depot for refunding me the difference of the regular price and the promotional price of the bricks! I ordered the bricks a week before they went on sale and they gave me back the difference.
June 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love2garden Love the retaining wall, still working on the back yard
Our backyard was a large, barren hill. Kids loved it for sledding during the one or two snow storms we get per year. For the rest of the year, it stood there, very imposing and intimidating, with my husband getting a work out mowing it. Then, my brother came to visit, and told us that we don’t know how lucky we are – having a hill, makes the backyard interesting, he said. So we went to Lowe’s and Home Depot and chose these blocks for the look, figuring we’ll build the back terrace-by-terrace. My brother (bored in the house) went to work, and terrace-by-terrace created the garden we now love. My husband added privacy with a half-wall in a shady area of the yard. Our back yard is still work in progress (no cap stones yet), adding more bricks, plants, mulch, but we love the look of the retaining wall, especially after the rain. The colors blend beautifully, and blocks look like stone. Home Depot had sale on these last May, when we were building. This year we bought more blocks (again on sale in May) for the front of the house. The blocks are heavy, but look great.
May 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Enobabe These wall blocks were a snap to install. Once you get the first course leveled, the rest go up like a dream!
These wall blocks were a snap to install. Once you get the first course leveled, the rest go up like a dream! I'm a 55 year old woman who has a desk job, so this is not something I do every day. And yet, I could do this all on my own, except for the cutting of the capstones. I had to hire someone to come to my home and cut them for me. It was an additional expense I hadn't originally planned for, but it was SO WORTH IT!
The stones are gorgeous! The quote we got from a local stonewall company was outrageous ($5K for a 25' wall?), so this was a really budget friendly alternative. We now have 25 feet of seating space in the back yard that we didn't have before.
September 12, 2013