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victorian
Concrete steps

Is there a way to dispose of solid concrete steps? They are about 4' wide and 2' high. Too heavy to move and a sledge hammer didn't do anything to them. They are right in the way of where I want to put a walking path from the parking to the front door. They are where the old front door was. They were covered with a deck that I removed.

A. Spruce
Re: Concrete steps

There are several things you can do, you can choose which will work best for your situation.

1 - Dig a big hole and bury it.
2 - Dig them up, get a rock under it, and beat on it with a sledge hammer. Pieces should break off when you get air under the area you're beating on.
3 - Rent a jack hammer.
4 - Drill a series of holes to give it a place to break, then beat it with a sledge.
5 - Drill a series of holes and then use feathers and wedges to split the steps apart.

Fencepost
Re: Concrete steps
A. Spruce wrote:

There are several things you can do, you can choose which will work best for your situation.

1 - Dig a big hole and bury it.
2 - Dig them up, get a rock under it, and beat on it with a sledge hammer. Pieces should break off when you get air under the area you're beating on.
3 - Rent a jack hammer.
4 - Drill a series of holes to give it a place to break, then beat it with a sledge.
5 - Drill a series of holes and then use feathers and wedges to split the steps apart.

6 - Drill a hole. Pack it with blasting powder, top off with a cap. Call the neighbors over. Hand your beer to someone to hold and say "watch this!" Call 911.

A. Spruce
Re: Concrete steps
Fencepost wrote:

6 - Drill a hole. Pack it with blasting powder, top off with a cap. Call the neighbors over. Hand your beer to someone to hold and say "watch this!" Call 911.

Just shy of that suggestion, there is an expansion caulk of some kind that you drill holes, fill with the caulk, and over a day or two it expands and splits whatever needs splitting. I heard of this substance on another forum when someone was trying to get rid of a big rock. I don't know where one would find such a substance, so the first 5 suggestions would be the safest. Fencepost's suggestion would be the most fun. :D

Fencepost
Re: Concrete steps

Renting a jackhammer is probably your best option. If you are of a slight build, you may find that a jackhammer is unwieldy; rent a "rotohammer" with a chisel bit instead. It will do the same job as a jackhammer, but slower and in a smaller package (about the size of a very large electric drill).

Be sure to wear eye and ear protection, and don't wear clothes that you care about. This will be a dirty job.

victorian
Re: Concrete steps

Sounds like a big job no matter which way I go with it. Would it be easier to just put it on pipes and roll it somewhere and make a plant stand out of it?

A. Spruce
Re: Concrete steps

Depends, you got several brawny men and a few small children to help out?

Dobbs
Re: Concrete steps

Spruce:

The expansion calk is known as a SLURRY.

It is mixed with water & placed in the drilled holes, like you said.

Within 3 hours it expands & cracks the rock/concrete, which can then be easily disassembled.

A heavy tarp or similar covering should be put over the piece being worked to prevent any flying pieces doing damage.

Goes by several names:
Dexpan, Sylentmite, Demosol & many others.

Readily available at construction supply houses & unlike the sales restrictions on dynamite & nitroglycerin, it is mostly harmless & can be sold to anyone with little or no training.

The product also doesn't cause unwanted vibrations that could damage nearby structures.

A. Spruce
Re: Concrete steps
Dobbs wrote:

The product also doesn't cause unwanted vibrations that could damage nearby structures.

But that's the funnerest part! It blowed up, it blowed up REEEAL good!

Sorry, old SNL flashback ... :D

I'll have to look for some the next time I'm down at Home Depot. :D

victorian
Re: Concrete steps
A. Spruce wrote:

Depends, you got several brawny men and a few small children to help out?

I was thinking maybe some pvc pipe and a car jack might do it. Someone told me I could actually move my 8x8 shed myself that way.

A. Spruce
Re: Concrete steps
victorian wrote:

I was thinking maybe some pvc pipe and a car jack might do it. Someone told me I could actually move my 8x8 shed myself that way.

And you think it's going to just jump up on those pipes all by themselves? BTW, pvc won't work, the steps will just crush it, use steel pipe if you're going to try it.

If you can move the steps with a pry bar, then you'll be able to move them with rollers, otherwise you're going to need a bit more grunt, say from a tractor or a truck.

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