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Old 03-08-2010, 08:36 PM   #1
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I need to demo these steps because I'm extending my deck all the way down to the edge of my porch slab. I'm using a non-explosive demoing agent so I have to drill 2 holes in each step at 1' apart. You can see the steps in the attached pic. I own this drill already and wondered if it will work for this job. The holes need to be 1-1/2" in diameter and need to go through ~90% of the concrete (not all the way through). Also, can you send me a link of the type of bit I should use? Here is the drill that I have already. Thanks!

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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Rent a big rotory hammer. Though I'm not sure you can get 1 1/2" bits for a rotohammer. We use a Dewalt "Macho" to blow through foundations or drive ground rods.

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Old 03-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #3
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Yeah, a hammer drill will make a night and day difference with that job. I bought one from Harbor Freight when it was on sale for $49. I don't use it all that often -- but when I do use it, I love it.

Although I'd research 1-1/2" bits before you commit to any piece of equipment.

Why not just rent a jackhammer and take it apart?

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Rent a big rotory hammer. Though I'm not sure you can get 1 1/2" bits for a rotohammer. We use a Dewalt "Macho" to blow through foundations or drive ground rods.
I can use a smaller bit, but I'll just have to drill more holes. Will this drill work?

http://www.sunbeltrentals.com/Equipm...0060&catid=s44

Also, I've been looking all over for a drill bit for this job and I can't find anything. Recommendations?

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Yeah, a hammer drill will make a night and day difference with that job. I bought one from Harbor Freight when it was on sale for $49. I don't use it all that often -- but when I do use it, I love it.

Although I'd research 1-1/2" bits before you commit to any piece of equipment.

Why not just rent a jackhammer and take it apart?
Wouldn't I need an air compressor to use a jack hammer? Plus, I'm trying to keep it as quiet as possible .
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if you want to get it done u need a jackhammer, unless your not on a schedule then you can do it your way but your still going to need a pretty good size hammerdrill to get an 1 1/2inch diameter hole. you can get a smaller electric jackhammer that would work perfect... you could also just drill a bunch of 3/4 holes and bust it up with a sledgehammer (much more labor intenceive) also if the steps have steel you are probably going to need a right angle grinder or a concrete saw to complete the clean up.

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if you want to get it done u need a jackhammer, unless your not on a schedule then you can do it your way but your still going to need a pretty good size hammerdrill to get an 1 1/2inch diameter hole.
Ok. I can use a 1-3/8" bit too. I may be able to use a 1" too, but that's about the smallest.
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I can use a smaller bit, but I'll just have to drill more holes. Will this drill work?

http://www.sunbeltrentals.com/Equipm...0060&catid=s44

Also, I've been looking all over for a drill bit for this job and I can't find anything. Recommendations?

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That drill will do the job. You may be able to rent the bit, or it may be required that you buy one.
If you have to buy it, hold on to your hat, it will be expensive.

You can also rent an electric jack hammer.
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Have you tried a sledgehammer yet ?
A lot of these are cement over hollow blocks to save $$ on concrete
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Have you tried a sledgehammer yet ?
A lot of these are cement over hollow blocks to save $$ on concrete
I haven't tried a sledge yet, but a lot of people have been saying I should. They seem too big for a sledge. Although, on the side of the steps, there are lines that run along the side where each run of the step ends. You can kind of see them in the pictures. Does this mean that they may be stacked in some way?

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try hitting them with a sledge first
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I haven't tried a sledge yet, but a lot of people have been saying I should. They seem too big for a sledge. Although, on the side of the steps, there are lines that run along the side where each run of the step ends. You can kind of see them in the pictures. Does this mean that they may be stacked in some way?

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Solid concrete will not have lines like that
Looks like cement blocks stacked & then coated with concrete
Sledge & safety glasses
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Solid concrete will not have lines like that
Looks like cement bloks stacked & then coated with concrete
Sledge & safety glasses
Right on! I'm on it! Thanks!

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Please report back what you find. I'm curious.
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Please report back what you find. I'm curious.
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