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Old 11-25-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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I have a 21' by 2' in length run of cement/concrete that I want to remove. It is about 3.5" deep. I have a ball peen hammer with a long handle. What is the easiest way/method to break it up? This was poured next to my original driveway to make the size of the planter smaller. I want to remove it to expand the planter back to it original size. Any thoughts?

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A ball peen hammer, you have to be kidding Rent an electric jack hammer.

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Old 11-25-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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jackhammer... problem solved.. if the concrete is green a sledgehammer might work. by green i dont mean the color i mean very recently placed
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:53 AM   #4
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Well....I wouldn't say a jack hammer is necessary....

I removed an 8'x33' patio using a sledge hammer and pry bar....took me about 8 hours....nice workout.

At a minimum you need a sledge hammer.....

The other option....go to home depot and rent one of those day workers.
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:19 AM   #5
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A jack hammer is definitely the way to go, but a sledge hammer and pry bar are good tools for a homeowner to have anyway, so, in my opinion, you wouldn't be out anything to pick those up, and give it a try. Once you have some cracks in it, it usually breaks easier if you can pry up a chunk, and block it, so that you have an air space under it. Either way, whether a sledge hammer and prybar or a jack hammer, put on a good set of goggles before you do anything else.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:09 AM   #6
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Depending on it's age, there might be asbestos in the cement. Asbestos was commonly used as a binder. As a precaution wear a good respirator and use water to keep down the dust.
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don't forget the trailer you'll need to haul it a place that will accept the concrete.....or you could just keep at it with the ball peen hammer until it is fine gravel.
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I have a 21' by 2' in length run of cement/concrete that I want to remove. It is about 3.5" deep. I have a ball peen hammer with a long handle. What is the easiest way/method to break it up? This was poured next to my original driveway to make the size of the planter smaller. I want to remove it to expand the planter back to it original size. Any thoughts?
I hope this is a joke???? Or has common sense gone out the window.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:18 AM   #9
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What you need more than a huge hammer - or certainly a jack hammer - is a big pry bar to get one corner of the concrete up off the ground. Unless it has re-bar, concrete is easily broken when it has no support under it.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:14 PM   #10
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Pawl you certainly have your issues with concrete. You know full well a ball-peen hammer isn't the way to do that job and you are just screwing with everyone here. In addition, you have made enough prior posts to tell that you are not as stupid as you want to appear. April is still five months away.

Go rent an electric jackhammer and get to it if you really intend to remove the concrete you just poured in September. Come back with any serious questions you may have and we will be glad to help.
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It can be done. Don't forget The Shawshank Redemption.

No wait, that was a rock hammer. Nevermind.
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Bobcat/backhoe with jackhammer attachment?
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This is what I did in one day using a sledge hammer and pry bar.....big as pry bar.....makes for a real good workout. I have lost 20lbs since I started working on my 2-story addition.







And you will need one of these....cost me $365...includes drop off and pick up....no real time limit on how long you can keep it....but be aware that everyone seems to think that it's a community trash can....

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I know I'm a little late on this, but what size sledge did you use?
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This one is easy. Since it is only a few feet wide all you need is a helper, a shale bar , a sledge hammer, and a piece of 6 x 6 to use as a fulcrum. You lever it up, and give it a shot with the sledge. It will break right up. DrHicks is right you have to hit it with no support underneath. "Ball Peen Hammer", yeah right.

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