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Retaining walls are relatively rigid walls used for supporting soil laterally so that it can be retained at different levels on the two sides.
Retaining walls are structures designed to restrain soil to a slope that it would not naturally keep to (typically a steep, near-vertical or vertical slope). They are used to bound soils between two different elevations often in areas of terrain possessing undesirable slopes or in areas where the landscape needs to be shaped severely and engineered for more specific purposes like hillside farming or roadway overpasses. A retaining wall that retains soil on the backside and water on the frontside is called a seawall or a bulkhead.

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    NSW Payment for a retaining wall

    Hey All, I recently built a new home in a sub-divison which was built by a company home. Our contract excluded all site cost and landscaping. Our block is on a large slope from left to right and follows the natural fall of the street. Our builder only excavated 1m passed the external perimeter...
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    QLD Building contract for dividing retaining wall and fence with apportion of costs

    Hi, We are currently facing a situation where we need to replace a retaining wall and fence that sits on the boundary of our property and our neighbour’s. The estimated cost of this project exceeds $20,000. We have reached an agreement with our neighbour regarding the cost sharing and the type...
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    Retaining wall vs raised garden bed

    I have raised garden beds sitting against my back boundary fence with a height of about 1.3mtrs and a depth of approx 1.5 meters from the fence. This was put in instead of a retaining wall by previous owners and the fence sits on top of it on the boundary line. I want to remove the garden beds...
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    NSW Retaining Wall on a boundary line for new house builds. Who has ownership?

    Both my neighbour and I are building in a new estate. The estate had already provided a boundary retaining wall halfway up the boundary line, however it looks like we will now need to extend the retaining wall to the front of the property on the boundary line due to the different levels of our...
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    Retaining wall between 2 properties where there is no existing wall

    Hi, Looking for a little help with a retaining wall issue. When I moved in, we were told the fence would need to be replaced. What we didn;t realise is this fence holds up our land because it was not built properly. The land next to us (lower land) has a small retaining wall on their...
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    NSW Retaining Wall Dispute

    Hello I am in a very upsetting situation. in 2015 my neighbour asked me to pay for half of a new boundary fence so i agreed the quote was for a 1.8m colourbond fence. I was not well so I didnt see the fence getting built. When I went down to check the fence there was a soil gap of about 5...
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    NSW New Retaining wall on boundary with fence

    Hello, I have just started building my house and my back neighbour is almost done with his built. He is on the higher side of the land and has raised the level of the land from natural slope to build his house. His plan therefore has a retaining wall on the dividing boundary. The common fence...
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    NSW Retaining wall on the boundary - who's responsible?

    The timber retaining wall between my property and my neighbour's is on the boundary and the fence is right on top of the retaining with fence posts attached to the retaining wall posts. Mine is on the high side of the wall. When we bought our house approximately about 2 years ago, we noticed...
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    VIC Retaining wall

    We are a unit on the low side of the street and have a retaining wall located a metre in from our rear boundary which is 1.2 metres high. The retaining wall runs thru four units on our side of the street and has a common foundation, common piers on the boundary and common drainage. The angle...
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    VIC Retaining Wall Costs

    We are a unit on the low side. A contiguous retaining wall runs about 1 metre within our rear yard and thru four other properties in the street. The wall has common foundations, common piers and common drainage. The retaining wall has slightly rotated , about 75mm over its height of 1.3...