4 Practical Steps to DIY Concrete Demolition
When your concrete has large cracks and chips, it is typically more practical to replace it than repair it. When you repair concrete, it usually cracks in the same places, making patches temporary.
Breaking up and removing concrete can require a lot of intense manual labour. Prepare yourself by examining the amount of concrete to remove. If it is a small job, you may want to attempt it yourself, but you should hire a professional service if it is a large job. Concrete removal in big jobs requires expertise, workforce, and equipment.
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Starting your Concrete Demolition - Tools
You’ll need the right tools to get this job done. Here is a list of the tools that every concrete demolition job will need!
- Hearing and eye protection
- Long-sleeved shirt and thick pants
- Jackhammer/Sledgehammer (See Demo!)
- Pry bars
The 4 CONCRETE DEMOLITION STEPS
Step 1: If possible, begin by digging out the base under the concrete. Usually, this is dirt or sand in the Edmonton region. By removing this, the job becomes much more manageable. You only need to dig out approximately one foot around the area and a couple of inches deep. If the project is large, you will need heavy equipment to excavate the worksite.
Step 2: Break concrete apart into manageable pieces. You have the option to use a sledgehammer but consider using a jackhammer. Using a sledgehammer takes more time, and it’s a lot of physical effort. Jackhammers are easy enough to rent. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with how to use the tool. Select the right tip for the type of material you are breaking. Chisel point for concrete, spade point for asphalt. Remember to wear safety glasses and earplugs. For larger jobs, even a jackhammer will still be extremely difficult. Any job that is large or has a rebar foundation will require professionals. Your Demolition Experts!
Step 3: Gauge the pieces, which are easy enough to lift and carry. It would be best to break up pieces that are too large to lift into more manageable chunks. Use a wheelbarrow or skid steer to move the pieces to a truck or trailer. Pieces that are too small are annoying to move because it’s time-consuming. This step can be dangerous if the pieces are very large or sharp, especially if they have rebar. Be very careful or consult a professional. Make sure to wear proper protective equipment and prepare to get dirty.
Step 4: Use a truck or trailer to haul the pieces to the nearest landfill or dump. Keep in mind there is a charge for this. Concrete removal companies include this charge with their service, so you don’t have to worry about it. Additional uses for broken concrete are stone pathways, retaining walls, fire pits and edging for ponds. Be sure to dispose of the concrete in an environmentally safe manner. Nobody wants to deal with wasted concrete chunks!
Demolishing concrete yourself can be a great cost saver but be prepared for some hard labour. Consult a professional if the job is large or remove reinforced concrete.
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