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Title:
Retaining walls : a building guide and design gallery
Author:
Skinner, Tina.
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Publication Information:
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780764318368
Format :
Book

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Summary

Whether its a challenging hillside, an uneven backyard, or a shrubless plot in need of planters, this book will provide nformation to solve any landscaping dilemma while adding curb appeal and value to your property. The National Concrete Masonry Association presents the essential guide to constructing segmental retaining walls with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and charts for do-it-yourself homeowners and landscape contractors alike. From the fundamentals to the latest research and modern techniques in segmental retaining wall construction, this colorful and inspiring gallery of design suggestions accompanies the expertly written step-by-step guide, and offers a plethora of landscaping ideas The exciting and attractive colors, textures, and styles of segmental retaining wall units available and will inspire great new designs for all landscape styles.


Author Notes

The National Concrete Masonry Association is a non-profit organization representing producers and suppliers in the concrete masonry industry. Tina Skinner is a professional writer specializing in books on home design.


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Library Journal Review

From the builder's standpoint, the ideal home site would be level and well drained. As very few sites achieve that ideal, technology must come to the rescue, and retaining walls are one of the best available options. Skinner has collaborated with the National Concrete Masonry Association to write this book, which shows readers how to make walls out of concrete segmental retaining-wall units (essentially specially designed concrete blocks). The book's first half explains the "nuts and bolts" of creating a wall out of these blocks, and the latter half offers a wealth of color photos showing the product in use. There are other ways to make retaining walls, but this is one of the most accessible methods for the average do-it-yourselfer or homeowner. This title should be part of comprehensive collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.