Concrete demolition is a physically demanding job. But with the use of the correct tools, it will be an easy DIY project. Check the volume of concrete that you must demolish before you start. It’s important to make this construction project synchronized with your other home improvement-related tasks. To make it manageable, these are some tips that you should follow:
1. Decide if it is a do-it-yourself project or not.
If you’re presently doing a project that requires similar tools as demolition, then making it a DIY job is feasible. Just hire a dumpster and helper and you’re good to go. You’ll save a good amount of money by doing the job yourself. But if you have to bring professionals who will pour the new concrete, then it will make more financial and physical sense to let them handle the demolition job as well. Once you’ve decided on what route to take, plan the rest of your week. Doing so gives you more time to reach out either to contractors or friends who could help you out.
2. Get the necessary tools.
You’ll also require more time to secure the right tools, supplies, materials, and gear for the job. These are needed for efficiency and safety. When you break the concrete apart, you’ll be working on heavy materials that contain jagged edges with a rebar or steel mesh. Wearing robust leather gloves, durable work boots, and functional ear and eye safety gear are necessary.
Sledgehammers and jackhammers are the two main tools for breaking up the concrete. Normally, if a concrete slab is no more than 4 inches thick, then a sledgehammer is enough to do the work. It’s highly recommended that you check this during the preparation stages.
If you discover that the test patch breaks only the topmost layer into several small pieces rather than creating major cracks, then you might want to rent a jackhammer. You’ll also need to use pry bars and 6 mm plastic. The plastic will be sliced by flying debris while hammering. The pry bar is to pull the cracks apart when hammering.
3. Hire hauling equipment.
The removal of rubble from the construction site requires the use of heavy-duty wheelbarrows. The cheap, light-weight models won’t last you more than a few loads. It’s essential to keep each load low. That means making several trips. In the end, you’ll feel too exhausted to get on with the task.
Decide according to the amount of debris the path that you’ll take to dispose of the rubble. If it’s too far away, a wheelbarrow that’s powered by fuel may be a good choice. That’s not going to tire you out. You’ll also not or over-extend the use of the wheelbarrow.
These are some good tips when it comes to concrete removal. If you want more, consult with a professional. It’s also a good idea to hire them to do the job to free you of a physically demanding job. Concrete demolition and removal are never easy.