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Old 05-27-2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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I bought a house that has a 5'x6' concrete pond. About all it is good for is breeding skeeters. It has a 8"x12" footing all around it. What is the easiest way to brake this thing up? I beat it with a sledge but didn't get anywhere. Renting a jackhammer is not in the budget at the moment. Any easy way to do this? Thanks
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If you want cheap, keep bashing at it with the sledge hammer. If you want easy find the $ to rent the jack hammer. No easy way without the jack hammer. You could try drilling holes in strategic places to assist with cracking.
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Neal, think this expanding mat'l would be less expensive than renting a jack hammer for 1/2 day?
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Neal, think this expanding mat'l would be less expensive than renting a jack hammer for 1/2 day?
I am not sure but you still need the drill, but is is easier.
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I was looking at "ecobust". They want you to drill 1.5" diameter holes. How big of a rotary drill would that take? Anyone have any idea of rental cost for the drill and bit?
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I was looking at "ecobust". They want you to drill 1.5" diameter holes. How big of a rotary drill would that take? Anyone have any idea of rental cost for the drill and bit?
They may want you to buy the bit, tell them what you are drilling so they rent you a size appropriate drill.
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Easy breaking up concrete is a fantasy

Spend the dough and get a jack hammer
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You should be able to rent an electric jackhammer for around $40-50 a day. Dexpan would probably cost 10x's that for the same effect....
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If you keep after it with a sledge hammer it will break. Once you get one section broke up the rest will be easier. Is there any chance of rebar being in the concrete?


Pool chemicals and aeration will prevent the pond from being a breeding ground for bugs.
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+1 on the electric jack hammer, I once broke up about 100' of side walk and a front porch slab with one. I don't think it took much than a hour to bust it all up.


And the rental on the core drill is probably similar to the rental of the hammer.
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If you keep after it with a sledge hammer it will break. Once you get one section broke up the rest will be easier. Is there any chance of rebar being in the concrete?
I don't know about rebar, sure hope not!

Pool chemicals and aeration will prevent the pond from being a breeding ground for bugs.
There are some cracks and it leaks so I don't want to keep it.
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I will check into the electric jack hammer. Thanks for the replies.
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I will check into the electric jack hammer. Thanks for the replies.
Let us know what you do and how it goes.

I used an electric jackhammer to break up a large area of concrete in front my house. Fortunately, it wasn't full of rebar.

GIRD yourself for some nasty physical labor. I'd use the jackhammer to break up the pieces, take it back to the rental yard, then dispose of the "rip-rap" that results.

Oh, yeah, more fun than herpes, tossing that rip-rap. If you aren't in shape to start, doing that will put a long ways there . . . .

I was able to get rid of that for free by Craigslisting it in the freebie section and some guys came by and used it to stabilize their slope against erosion.

If you don't want to do that or, can't for some reason, you'll probably need to rent one of those dumpsters for construction debris. I'd look into what that might cost and plan ahead a bit, and don't be afraid to ask more questions here if need be.

I think, for what it's worth, getting rid of the pool is a good idea if you know you aren't going to swim in it. Pools are magnets for little children to fall into and drown and die or get brain damage. Ponds, too. Little ones can drown in 6" of water.

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If you keep after it with a sledge hammer it will break. Once you get one section broke up the rest will be easier. Is there any chance of rebar being in the concrete?


Pool chemicals and aeration will prevent the pond from being a breeding ground for bugs.
Yeah, maybe put on some jailhouse stripes and get someone to honk on a harmonica while someone wails those "busting up concrete with sledgehammer blues."

I did that once, without the stripes or the harmonica.

Once was enough. It channeled a lifetime of bad feelings breaking that driveway.
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