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Old 05-06-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I think it is hideous and looks cheap. No mortar and fake rocks...ugh. Tacky. Sorry...since you are asking.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Add me to the list of those not crazy about the color combo.

Hue variation in a pallet of blocks that are the same color is fine and to be expected and can make a wall look great -- but totally different color blocks -- uh, not for me.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Not a fan of those colors... sorry!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:54 AM
 
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Not liking it myself. But it looks like a color scheme the home owner has going on in the house as well, so it might look better when viewed in person. Could do a lot of warm color flower landscaping above it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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What do you think of this retaining wall?

This is not my wall work. Just saw it driving in town, and stopped to take a photo.

I think its pretty decent looking. The first one I've seen with mixed block colors.
I think it looks nice, seen lots of them as a child.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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What do you think of this retaining wall?

This is not my wall work. Just saw it driving in town, and stopped to take a photo.

I think its pretty decent looking. The first one I've seen with mixed block colors.

I like it, and it looks like a good and sturdy job...but I don't see any drainage tubing or gaps. No drainage leads to hydraulic pressure against the wall, which is the #1 cause of retaining wall failure.

As for the colors, that's a personal preference, but I like it. A neighbor of ours at our old home in Chicago made a wall exactly like this one (with attention to drainage) and it was gorgeous.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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I think it is hideous and looks cheap. No mortar and fake rocks...ugh. Tacky. Sorry...since you are asking.
Mortar in a retaining wall is the kiss of death for a retaining wall. Drainage, drainage, drainage -- CRITICAL.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Not like. It should be all one color because this way it looks fake. Fake rock. I like natural, rough hewn rock that looks like it belongs there. I don't have any photos of nice retaining walls but there are ugly ones like that along the side of the highway and that's what it looks like. It will probably do the job, just like the ugly walls on the highway but it's not attractive.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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http://sr.photos1.fotosearch.com/bth...6/k1767550.jpg

http://sr.photos3.fotosearch.com/bth...3/k2434625.jpg

You have to click on them but I like this type a lot better.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Colors are too gaudy for me.
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