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Old 06-02-2012, 07:17 AM   #1
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I need to rip out a section of asphalt about 6 inches wide, 12 inches long, and a few inches deep. How do I rip this out? Would a sledgehammer be able to break it? Do I need a chisel?

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Why such a small area?

I'd make cuts first with a ciruler saw and a masonry blade, cut out the rectangle, then make an X in the middle then the sections should just pop out with a flat bar.

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Grinder or one of the mini-circular saw things with a masonry blade might work better as a circular saw will be too large for, especially, the short ends unless you don't care the cut longer than what you need. Masonry blade may gum up on you though as the friction melts the tar. A cold chisel and hammer should work if you have the patience. Not sure you can contain a sledge hammer to such a small area. I have a Fein multi-tool. Something like it or its cheaper cousins might work nicely if the asphalt is not too deep.

My curiosity matches Joe's. Why such a small cutout?
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what . all that for such a small piece . just dig a place to get your hands under it, and lift it out in 1 piece. should take about 30sec.
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I need to rip out a section of asphalt about 6 inches wide, 12 inches long, and a few inches deep. How do I rip this out? Would a sledgehammer be able to break it? Do I need a chisel?
Ayuh,.... My tool of choice would be a Pick-ax...

'bout 2 wacks, 'n it'd be All over...
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I have a downspout extension that is completely clogged. It goes under the asphalt and it is a complete mystery as to where it ends. I'm just going to dig it out, replace it, and leave an opening so the water can actually drain.
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how about some pics ? you have been around long enough to know pics are about mandatory.

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