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Build a Horseshoe Pit

Your family will enjoy hours of fun in your backyard with this horseshoe pit that you can build using wall block.

Patio Block Horseshoe Pit.

Install Your Horseshoe Pit

Caution

Wall block sizes vary by style and market. Use the quantity in the material list as a guide. Also, when purchasing wall block, remember that some block has an interlocking lip on the bottom for use in retaining walls, not stacked block projects.

Step 1

Dig a trench four inches deep and 12 inches wide for the back and two sides. Each trench should be five feet in length.

Caution

Before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service at 1-888-258-0808 (or just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.

Step 2

Add four inches of paver base material into the trench. Compact and level as you go.

Step 3

Construct the first course of the back wall using five pieces of wall block (one of which you will cut in half). Place the first 1/2 block at a corner and level from side to side and front to back. You can level the blocks by adding or removing some of the base material. You can also use a rubber mallet to tap the blocks to aid in leveling. Once you install the first block, butt the second, full block up to it and level and align it off the first block. Add three more full blocks, and finish the course with the other 1/2 block. For information on cutting blocks see Cut Patio Block.

Step 4

Once you install the first course of the back wall, start the courses for both side walls by butting the 8-inch side of the first block up to and even with the end of each block on the back wall. Install three more blocks on each side. Level, align and square each side up to the back wall.

Step 5

Add the second course to the back wall by starting a full block on the corner and working over to the other side (using all full blocks).

Step 6

Lay the third course by repeating the same pattern as the first course (starting and ending with a 1/2 block).

Step 7

For the fourth course, repeat the second course (all full blocks). Once the fourth course is complete, install two beads of construction adhesive on the top of the block.

Step 8

Install the fifth and final course by rotating the block 90 degrees, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both the front and back.

Step 9

Add two inches of sand and start your tournament!