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bob22 08-24-2013 12:33 PM

Cutting basketball backboard post
 
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Hi All,
I've a 15-year old basketball backboard post I want to remove:
http://www.diychatroom.com/attachmen...1&d=1377365558
The post is steel filled with concrete for first 3' or so.
I've an angle grinder and recip saw.
Suggestions?
Angle grinder to cut through the pipe with metal cutoff wheel and then whack with sledge hammer?
Or, cut all the way through with what kind of blade?

Thanks!

Windows on Wash 08-24-2013 12:40 PM

Angle grinder with a cut off wheel and then whack it.

Unless the concrete was filled with rebar, it should come over.

Be careful and have it tied off for safety in the meantime.

Fairview 08-24-2013 12:43 PM

If you have a tool rental near by check on the price to use their 4"- 6" pipe cutter if they have one then break it off when concrete is reached. If not then use your angle grinder for a tedious cut depending on wall thickness.

tribe_fan 08-24-2013 06:54 PM

What do you intend to with the area after it s removed?

vsheetz 08-24-2013 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by tribe_fan (Post 1233709)
What do you intend to with the area after it s removed?

I was wondering the same thing. Leave a couple three feet and put a table top on it, or maybe top with a birdbath? Or a bird feeder maybe?

oh'mike 08-24-2013 07:57 PM

I pulled one of those out last year----I had to get my jack hammer to make the concrete small enough to move---

Fix'n it 08-25-2013 09:11 AM

how big is the concrete in the ground ? you can rent/borrow and engine hoist, or some other kind of such tool. and pull the whole thing out of the ground.

bob22 08-25-2013 09:54 AM

It is alongside driveway and no one is using it any longer. I'm waiting for one of us to hit it with a car (law of averages is running out after 15 years or so). Will just cut it off and cover with grass. It is about 18" in diameter and about 24" deep. Definitely needs a jackhammer or at least a cold chisel to knock it down a few inches to cover with soil and seed. I bought cut off disk; will see what happens.
Thanks,
Bob

Fix'n it 08-25-2013 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 1233949)
It is about 18" in diameter and about 24" deep. Definitely needs a jackhammer or at least a cold chisel to knock it down a few inches to cover with soil and seed. I bought cut off disk; will see what happens.
Thanks,
Bob

that would be way easy to pull out.

i am thinking you would need to go down more than a few inchs for grass.

user1007 08-25-2013 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1233963)
that would be way easy to pull out.

i am thinking you would need to go down more than a few inchs for grass.

If it is just an 18"D collar and 24" deep with nothing much around it or concrete surfaced up to it? I too think it should be easy enough to pull it out and be done with it.

Obviously cutting most of the height out of the way will make it easier to work with. Just leave enough to wrap a chain around and give some leverage. Chain the thing to the bumper of your Yugo and have at it. :thumbsup:

Actually, you might need to find someone with a truck rigged for towing or someone with a bobcat or such ilk.

Fix'n it 08-25-2013 08:11 PM

i pulled some 12" x 30ish" concrete set fence poles out, with an engine lift. they came out like nothing.

user1007 08-25-2013 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 1234174)
i pulled some 12" x 30ish" concrete set fence poles out, with an engine lift. they came out like nothing.

Maybe I like the sound of a small tractor or truck revving up and the screaching sound a chain makes when engaging a steel column about to be pulled over and yanked out of the ground like an infected molar by a psychotic dentist.

Never thought of using an engine lift for this, but what an elegant, simple approach and great idea! Gonna store this one in the memory banks. :thumbsup:

Wack the sucker off with whatever cutting tool. Grab hold of what is left and yank it out.


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