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Veltorio 10-20-2012 08:35 AM

concrete wall demolition
I have an unfinished garage I need to just demo and take down to slab. Is this a job that can be done with a sledgehammer? Any suggestions for best tool to go through any rebar?

ddawg16 10-20-2012 08:41 AM

Depends on how thick & tall, what kind of shape you are in and how much time you have.

I took out a 9x33' concrete pad in one rebar....I used a sledge hammer and big a$$ pry bar....the bar weights 25lbs...and it messed up my elbo....but then again...I'm old (56)

You might want to rent an electric jack hammer....there are some hammer drills that can also be used for small demo's like what your talking about.

Pictures would help...

joecaption 10-20-2012 08:42 AM

Since we do not have a picture it's hard to say.
Why's it coming down?
A simple 4 1/2" angle grinder with a thin metal cutting blade will cut the rebar.
A sawsall with a bimetal blade would also work.
I like the angle grinder because I can cut closer to the slab.

joed 10-20-2012 09:06 AM

Poured concrete wall = probably not.
Block wall= probably yes.

Veltorio 10-20-2012 09:13 AM

:whistling2:Thanks for responses. It's block wall. I'm 40 and in pretty good shape. Don't have pics now but will try to post some when I get home.

Fix'n it 10-20-2012 09:19 AM

block wall = BFH (big F^&*ing hammer).

oh'mike 10-20-2012 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1034475)
block wall = BFH (big F^&*ing hammer).

Big Friendly Hammer-----That's how I answered one of my kids after I asked my helper to get BFH out of the truck----

Fix'n it 10-20-2012 09:51 AM


Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 1034483)
Big Friendly Hammer-----That's how I answered one of my kids after I asked my helper to get BFH out of the truck----

good think'n

Veltorio 10-20-2012 02:59 PM

only once concern
OK, I have the BFH. My only concern is the pump for my well sits on the slab for the garage and there is some electric running through one of the walls. I assume I can start demo on other side and when I get to it support it somehow and maybe attack that part with a saw to avoid just sending the wiring falling away from the pump?

joecaption 10-20-2012 04:46 PM

Kill the power bust up the block around the wire with a brick chisle and maul.

Veltorio 10-20-2012 09:19 PM

Thanks Joecaption and everyone else who responded. I have one wall down and1/2 of the back wall. The only other issue I've run up against is the corners seem to be re-inforced but am sure I can find a way through that. It's nice to know that with some persistance and the generosity of others, with experience and know,:whistling2: how will allow you to accomplish anything.

joed 10-20-2012 09:19 PM

Take the roof and supporting structure off and you will be surprised how easily the whole thing can probably be pushed over.

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