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This week hs been very busy for me in the yard. Day one, put the 6' lawn mower on the trator and mowed all the lawns I put the tiller on it and tilled the garden and some place I am going to plant grass. Day two, put the brush hog on the tractor and found up a ton of brush, then used it to clean up the dirt roads through the woods.
Now today is day three, pulled down called branches out of some wood near the house, cut out brush and weed trees to open a bit of the woods. Running a chain saw and pulling brush from the woods was a work out. I then ground the brush I piled on the roads up. I made some new trails in the same woods, mostly with the trator, but a bit of hand work as well. To finish off the day I did some raking.
The things I do are an evolution and I am always learning. My way is not the only way of doing things, and I may and will change the way I do things as I learn better ways. So any advice that I give is in that spirit.

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Wow! I bet you slept well after all that! :)
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Now is the time to cut your wood.
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Yes I slept well!

Valley you'r right I have a ton of wood cutting and spliting to do.
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Rainbow - don't think that because you are using an electric chain saw that you are safe. My sister cut an 8" gash in her thigh nearly to the bone with an electric chain saw. Muscle and skin had to be stitched. ALL power tools can be dangerous. :oops:
sorry for the lecture but I have seen too many power tool accidents.

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RB just re-read your original post. For a retaining wall instead of hauling concrete blocks have you considered setting out bags of Quik Crete packed closely together? Just set them out. Rain will set the concrete and wash away the bags. Makes a very serviceable, attractive retaining wall.

When I had my landscaping business I had 3 clients on the Vermillion River with steeply sloped back yards suffering from erosion. This was a viable solution much less expensive than retaining walls.

Just a thought.
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Elizabeth is right, I once had an electric.
One thing is never use a saw straight on, be to the side a bit so if it kicks back at you it will not hit you in the face. Lots of people think cutting limbs is not so dangerous, but you are swinging the saw and can very easily cut your self. A dull chain makes you work harder, and I think is more dangerous.
What gage is the extension cord? If you are running 100' then you need to have thick wire, 12 gage would work, the saw draws a lot of current, and at that length even 14 gage is pushing it. Small gage wire will have a lot of resistance that will drop the voltage past 10%, this will make your saw run weak and can burn the saw up. A number of extension cords are 16 gage, and that is much to small for that distance.
Are you cementing the cinder blocks? If so make sure you have drain holes so the water does not back up and push your wall down hill. You may want to put dead men behind the wall.
RBG, if you decide to do a natural stone wall, or a wall face over the blocks, look into getting a truck load of rocks. I got mine from a quarry for much less than getting them from a stone yard or garden supply place. We have a factory that makes the cement kind of wall stones and if you order a lot they can deliver them for a better price. I once did a wall with rail road ties.
Do you have any high school kids that need some money, or some local looking for work? It may be well worth hiring them to save your back, or falling down the hill.
You are a smart person and may know all this, or a bit any ways, but I felt it was worth saying any ways.
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No cement, just dry laid, interlocking concrete blocks that hook over each other.

Thanks for all the comments, but I have already built as many retaining walls as I plan to (four of them).

I am careful with the chain saw and am always to the side of it. I have used it for years, taking down trees and brush. It does have a big heavy thick extension cord, the orange kind, I don't know the gage.
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I saw a photo of your wall in Pink's yard topic, that is a big wall, it looks good. I bet you were a bit tiered and even sore after making it.
I did not understand that was what you were using until you explained it. like the looks of the wall blocks. I like the round area.
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Unfortunately, that is just a picture I found on line, it isn't mine--it was just to show what the blocks look like. I should go look and see if I still have pictures of mine of photobucket. I did make a round one like that. The blocks work well for that. None of mine are higher than five blocks tall and generally they don't recommend any higher than that.

OK found my old pictures of my walls (the pictures are old, but the walls look just the same). Here's the first one at the top of the hill, where it still gets some sun. Behind that wall is a mostly herb garden:

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This is the next level down, showing the context and ambience:

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I think this is a different view of the same wall, showing more of how the blocks actually look:

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This is the lowest level and newest, so you can see the blocks before they fade and weather. I actually like it that they fade... they blend in and look more natural.

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These are going down the hill, straight back from the house. I also have one I built in the side yard where it slopes down that direction to, towards the neighbor. There's hardly any such thing as flat ground on my 1/3 acre.
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