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Question DetailsAsked on 12/13/2016

I need a contractor who can repair an old stone retaining wall between mine and my neighbors yard.

Only a portion of the wall has fallen. My yard is about 5 or 6 feet higher than my neighbor and the wall has fallen in his yard. According to nyc laws we are both responsible to repair this wall as it is between both our properties.

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Masonry would be the Search the List to find well-rated and reviewed contractors for this IF the earth it supports is going to stand pretty well while the wall is repaired.

If it is carrying significant load, actually serving as a structural retaining wall rather than basically a toe support, or if there is road or building load or buried utilities on or near to it on the high side that could put load on it or be damaged by loss of support, then you would need an Excavation contractor with experience in retaining wall work and a repair plan by a Civil or Geotechnical Engineer and building permit to do the work.

BTW - depending on the condition of the rest of the wall, you may find total removal and replacement is in order so you are not back doing another section in a few months or years - or even total replacement with concrete retaining wall or gabions or a different type of retaining media might be cheaper. Engineer can help with that assessment.

First, since this is evidently a property line party wall, you would first need a firm written agreement by both parties as to the cost sharing arrangement and agreed-upon cost shares - and in this sort of case, since you don't want to pay the contractor up-front for obvious reasons, might be worth it to escrow the funds once the job is bid, both so the contractor knows the money is there from both parties, and so one party does not risk getting hung out on the limb by the other party not poneying up their share when the job is done.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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