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Old 10-13-2010, 10:52 AM   #1
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My girlfriend's front walk needs some repair. The last section of her walk (that meets up with the concrete step to her front porch) has raised up and is a trip hazard. She called in a concrete contractor and they said the job was too small for them to do, so I'm looking at doing it myself.

I'll have to remove the section (it's about 2'-3') and step, fix the problem underneath (likely a water/drainage issue), and pour in new concrete. Any tricks or tips on how to tear out the old concrete without having to rent a jackhammer or get shards of concrete all over the place?

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If it's just a small area I usually use an 8# sledge hammer, pry bar, shovel, wheel barrow and the all important 6 pack.

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For a concrete job, do you recommend Samuel Adams? Or Killians?
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For a concrete job, do you recommend Samuel Adams? Or Killians?
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Both of course........ LOL


One other trick/tool would be to get your hands on a wood splitting wedge or 2 to separate big pieces fast.
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If you don’t want to use a sledge hammer, then rent a concrete saw and cut up your concrete pad in moveable sections but you will still need a pry bar, shovel and a wheel barrel.
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A hammer drill might be good to have as well. Drill a few holes to assist with the breaking up of the slab.

Oh, and an extra fridge to store the refreshments in...

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I do have a DeWalt 10 amp drill and some 5/8" masonry bits that might do the trick, and a pry bar...I still need a heavy mallet and a wedge. I'll need to figure out my bill. I'm thinking if it gets warm outside while I'm working on this I'll charge a 6 of Bud Light Limes. If it gets cool, Samuel Adams Octoberfest. Sound about right?
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Personally I prefer a light beer for projects involving a lot of manual labor, I'm a big fan of Miller Lite (say what you want, I'm a Vodka Snob but I like cheap domestic beer).

I'd look at this as the perfect opportunity to rent a jackhammer. You are not tempted at all? Not even a little bit?
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Personally I prefer a light beer for projects involving a lot of manual labor, I'm a big fan of Miller Lite (say what you want, I'm a Vodka Snob but I like cheap domestic beer).

I'd look at this as the perfect opportunity to rent a jackhammer. You are not tempted at all? Not even a little bit?
Jackhammer...hmm....yeeaaahhh, that does lean towards the "cool" side! And it would give me an excuse to roll up the sleeves on my t-shirt in the hopes that the rapidly waddling rolls of fat on my arm look like rippling muscle from a distance while I'm doing it!

Did I mention I got a hammer drill this week? Oh dear Lord...I should have bought one years ago!!!! I've been drilling in concrete with my regular drill and masonry bits and it took 15 minutes to drill each hole. Now it's 15 seconds!!
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Well honestly there is no pretty way to break out existing concrete. A jackhammer is definitely a cool way to do it, and it makes it look like you know what you're doing... If nothing else, get familiar with a sledgehammer and a 1" or 2" cold chisel and get to work...

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