Tag: Retaining wall

Part 2 – Its starting to take shape

It has been a week or so since starting this second job, and the guys have really got a lot done in a short period of time.

They are almost at the stage where the majority of the sleepers are set in place, and the drainage pipes can be dug in and installed.

The focus of the next few days is to finish the retaining wall and drainage so that they can move on to the framing of the fence.


Part 2 – Some good early progress

A few more posts have gone in, which means that they have been installed all the way to around the front of the house.

They have also set some sleepers in place before levelling out and cementing the posts(next few days).

Each one of the sleepers weigh 45KG so its a bit of an effort to get so many set in such a short period of time. Great work so far.


Part 2 – The goodies have arrived

Very early this morning a truck unloaded all of the materials needed for the retaining wall. 

This delivery included:

  • 4 pallets of Sleepers (approx 60 sleepers)
  • A crate of post covers and post caps
  • approximately 25 posts, and
  • Cement mix to fix the posts

Soon after delivery, the contractors arrived and they they really got moving with and drilling the remaining post holes and fitting the first few posts.

The next few days will be focused on constructing the retaining wall and installing some of the drainage required. Should be an interesting week!

Part 2 – Lets go!

We have been waiting a very long time for this moment.

Today, our landscapers will be starting the job by running the string lines and starting with the drilling of post holes. By the end of the day the majority of post holes will be completed and in preparation for installation.

First few post holes drilled

A tonne (or 4) of Steel posts and Sleepers are being delivered tomorrow!

Super excited!

Concrete Sleepers Canberra

Concrete Sleepers Canberra have a pretty good setup at their warehouse and the staff know their products inside out. Click here to go to their website – support your locals.

Some basic info on their products:

  • Each sleeper they sell is reinforced with 2 steel bars for extra strength
  • they make sleepers in 3 colours and plain uncoloured concrete
  • there are 7 different patterns above their standard plain / smooth sleeper
  • the sleepers arrive unsealed and it is up to the customer to seal them if they deem necessary
  • All sleeper posts are galvanised and come in various lengths (depending on how high your wall needs to be)
  • they supply fence brackets for seamless integration of Colorbond fence posts into the retaining wall
  • sleeper post covers can be purchased if necessary. These covers work to improve aesthetics of the retaining wall by covering the steel with concrete patterns similar to the retaining walls

Here are some photos of their display:

After looking at their range, we have decided to buy the sleepers with the Stackstone pattern in Charcoal colour! 

Concrete sleeper retaining walls

After doing a bit of research and a lot of help from my landscaper, there ended up being only two main outlets that supply cement sleepers in our local area. They are:

  1. Bunnings Warehouse – [Link]
  2. Concrete Sleepers Canberra – [Link]

Bunnings Warehouse

I visited the local Bunnings and had a look at what they had. What I saw was a good product at a reasonable price.


  • Good product range
  • Reasonable prices
  • lots of stock, no delay to deliver


  • No post covers
  • Short 1.5m sleeper lengths(ie need lots of posts to cover ~20meters) which would increase costs slightly and also impact aesthetics

Concrete Sleepers Canberra

I visited this company in Hume, and immediately noticed the quality and range beat out Bunnings by a fair margin:


  • Superior sleeper quality
  • Wide range of patterns and colours
  • Excellent display area
  • Knowledgeable staff (the owners work there)
  • The sleeper lengths are up to 2.3m depending on the type you buy reducing the number of fence posts required
  • Local business


  • Cost – more expensive per sleeper, and per metre
  • Steel posts are more expensive

So based on the pros and cons above, our decision will be to get all materials related to the retaining wall from Concrete Sleepers Canberra!

Although the cost is more, the quality is superior and that made the decision easy. We really want this wall to last forever while functioning correctly and looking good. 

Picking the right retaining wall

Ok so after speaking to my landscaper, I never knew there were so many intricacies behind a small retaining wall..

Basically it comes down to three main options for the material to create a retaining wall:

  1. Wood sleepers – A wood sleeper retaining wall is a cheap and effective option but id like this to last for ever + I dont think it would look great since it will be facing the street. Bit unsure of the value add too.
  2. Stone wall – id absolutely love to have a Stone retaining wall.. A few of the neighbours have them and they look great, they add value to the property and in general they are probably the best option for what we are  after. However the cost prohibitive, and it would totally blow our budget and leave nothing left to do the rest of the job(massive labour and materials cost)
  3. Cement sleepers – Cement sleepers cost lie between the Stone wall and wood retaining wall options. Concrete sleepers look ok but arent as nice as stone but they will  last a very long time. I am not very confident that would ad a lot of value to the property but it sure will look better than wood.

So after thinking it over, its going to be a Cement sleeper retaining wall with the Colorbond fence sitting on top.

We are going to head out shortly to see them at the warehouse so I can have a better idea on how it will all work.


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