Removing Concrete

By El Camino Rental Posted August 12, 2015 In Construction Equipment

Removing Concrete

Removing Concrete

Sometimes, concrete slabs must be replaced or destroyed when re-modelling or during home additions.Removing concrete slabs are often labor-intensive, but the actions involved aren’t normally difficult. To make tasks easier, several steps may be taken to remove old concrete efficiently and quickly.

Before removing concrete, and before demolition begins, be sure to apply safety equipment. Breaking concrete is a dusty, dirty job, and it may be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t followed. Be careful, and be prepared. Utilize safety gloves, safety glasses and steel-toed boots. Loud power tools are also required, so access ear protection during deconstruction. While money may be saved by removing concrete, it may be lost with a hospital visit. Be prepared during work, and be prepared before it for additional safety.

Attach diamond masonry blades onto a circular saw, and use the circular saw to make cutting sections upon the targeted concrete slabs. Make sure each section is small; this will make it easy to break up sections with a jackhammer or a sledgehammer. Utilize the saw to create square and rectangular sections within the slab. When you’re finished, the slab should resemble an extended tic-tac-toe drawing.

Use a jackhammer or large sledgehammer to crumble each section. This part of the job is laborious, so be sure to drink water frequently. Additionally, make sure gloves are worn to protect your hands from blistering and ejected material. Continue mashing concrete slabs until each section is derived of small pieces. If the pieces are small enough, they may be removed. Carry them to a wheelbarrow, and cart them to a disposing ground.

If the targeted area has rebar installed, a small hammer or sledgehammer may be need to crumble additional areas. Often, a jackhammer or large sledgehammer cannot access these areas, but a crowbar or pry bar may be an advantage. Slip the selected instrument into the problem area, and pry away smaller debris. Once the rebar is cleared, a hacksaw is perfect for cutting the rebar into smaller pieces. Again, take any debris into a wheelbarrow or truck bed. These materials may be disposed later.

Once the debris is cleared, load up a truck with the fallen steel rebar and concrete sections. Be sure to load rebar towards the bottom, as jutting pieces may injure anyone removing pieces. Then, take the materials to a landfill. Carefully remove the debris and dispose them within the correctly designated area. Many landfills have specified areas for such materials, and such areas are easily-accessible.