Removing part of retaining wall to put in steps

brianjohnApril 11, 2011


My wife teaches piano lessons and most people park in the street on a side where we have a retaining wall. I want to remove a section of this wall and replace it with a couple of steps. Unfortunately, the wall is glued together with some kind of adhesive. I don't want to ruin the original block if possible so that I can rebuild that section of the wall if the city complains.

I have a couple of questions:

1. What is the best way to remove the blocks without damaging them given the adhesive?

2. What is the best tool to cut the blocks? I have a 4" grinder that I've never used, maybe I could get a cutting wheel for that?

Thanks very much in advance for your help

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I should mention that I also want to build the steps with some landscaping block I have left over from another job, rather than use wood or anything like that, at least not for now.

Here are some pics:

Top view of wall

Side view of wall (want to put steps right about where the garbage can is)

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 8:43PM
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