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jbuster9
How can I remove 2 large pieces of foundation stone from in-between 2 basement rooms?
jbuster9

Hi all,

I'm wondering how to get rid of two large pieces of stone foundation in the basement of my grandparents' ~100-year-old house. The pieces lie between the two rooms in the basement, so it would be great to get them out of the way. They're next to the furnace and connected to the main foundation walls, however, so I don't know how difficult it would be to remove them safely. Will I need professional help or would something like drilling a few holes and inserting expanding mortar do the trick? I also am not sure what kind of stone it is.

Thanks in advance!

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Mastercarpentry
Re: How can I remove 2 large pieces of foundation stone from in-between 2 basement ro
Mastercarpentry

It's as much how they're going to have to go out as size. If they have to go up a stair, that will have to be sturdy enough to carry the load of a person, the rock, and a hand truck. Could be broken up but that looks like granite at a glance and that doesn't break up easily. If you drill a series of holes, fill them with Dexpan, EcoBust or similar in a couple weeks it will crack apart along those holes. Not cheap but very easy compared to wedge-splitting as granite often flakes instead of forming a clean split when wedged. You can rent a hammer drill and bit for the job; the bit must be sized according to the product instructions. The drilling will take awhile if it is granite but it's still the easiest way I know of.

Phil

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: How can I remove 2 large pieces of foundation stone from in-between 2 basement ro
Sombreuil_mongrel

Are you sure they are not there for a purpose? A big chunk of cut stone set in like a buttress at the base of a wall, surely not placed there by accident, and it didn't grow there.

A. Spruce
Re: How can I remove 2 large pieces of foundation stone from in-between 2 basement ro
A. Spruce

The one in the middle could be removed easily enough, however, I'd used extreme caution when messing with the two that are imbedded in the wall, as they may be part of the structure and you do not want to weaken your foundation.

Look into saw cutting, as this will be the least disturbing to the embedded stones. The one in the middle can likely be taken out with a jack hammer or expanding mortar as was described above.

dj1
Re: How can I remove 2 large pieces of foundation stone from in-between 2 basement ro
dj1

Can you ask your neighbors if they have STONEHENGES like yours? And if they do, maybe they know why the rocks are there?

If you find out, let us all know please.

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