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Removing Concrete

November 18, 2009

Man removing concrete with a jackhammerI have a concrete block that is too heavy to be moved without breaking into small chunks. The block is about 4 feet in diameter and 6 inches deep. It is also reinforced with wire. I tried using the jack hammer, but no luck. Suggestions?

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By Deb from San Jose, CA

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful
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Try a concrete contractor and see if they will do the work while they are in the area doing a bigger job. This will save you some money. We did this recently with an old garage pad. Not cheap, but we saved a few hundred. The other thought is that you have to dispose of the concrete somewhere and they know where to take it. I don't think you're supposed to just put it in the garbage pickup

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful
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I used a 5lb mallet "John Henry style" (and I'm an older, petit woman, so it can be done) to break up a cement slab over a planter bed the previous owners had put down. The 2 slabs I broke up were about 8 feet by 2 feet by 5 inches.

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Since we live on a gravel road I used some of it to fill some potholes. A spike and mallet might break your block up, but if it's still in decent shape and someone can use it, don't forget abut FreeCycle and Craigslist.

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December 9, 20090 found this helpful
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You need a bigger jackhammer. You can probably rent one at HomeDepot. Remember to wear hearing and eye protection.

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Not so long ago I moved houses, but my garden is all concrete. This is very peculiar, but I am assuming the people who lived here before must of put it down.

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