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Best tool(s) to demolish a brick planter close to house.

Discussion in 'Building' started by LadyHomeLover, 15 Jul 2018.

  1. LadyHomeLover

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    patio1.jpg What tool shall I buy or hire to demolish a 2ft high, 5ft wide pentagonal red-brick planter which is just feet away from the house?

    I intend to engage a labourer and direct him. First he has to dig out and remove a small tree, and all the soil from the planter (unless people think it's better to leave the soil inside whilst demolishing the brick walls.)

    I looked online and see that some people prefer to use a massive hammer but I would prefer to hire or buy a tool as it seems safer than having someone swinging a massive hammer just feet away from the ground floor windows.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Hire someone who owns a hammer and chisel.
     
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    Get stuck in with a club hammer or even a sledge hammer. ....your windows aren't in any danger and the bricks will submit without much fuss.
    John :)
     
  5. LadyHomeLover

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    Well I own those, and a bolster-hammer. Or do you mean "don't use your own?"

    And should the planter be completely emptied of mud first or not?

    Thanks Woody
     
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    So, no electric tools then? Okey dokey.
     
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    ps NO that is not my outside toilet LOL ... it's an original Victorian loo we found underneath the floorboards!
     
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    Are you sure that tree isn't rooted into the ground below?
     
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    I have absolutely no idea, Dave. How can one tell? I hate the tree and can't wait to get rid.

    What makes you ask? Have you any advice for killing the roots stone dead so they don't end up regrowing and pushing up the patio slabs?
     
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    An electric breaker would be easier than waving a hammer around, but it wouldn't be a big job either way.
    We demolished an old garden wall with hammers and chisels and only needed the breaker for the foundations underneath.
     
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    90A15FDB-14BC-4466-BBE3-9CAE6EF59B75.jpeg I'd personally go for one of these.
     
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    I reckon the planter is just planted :sleep: on top of the flags but we have no real way of knowing. ....the tree seems quite well established though. I'd just cut down what's above the surface and start the demolition from there.
    John :)
     
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    Tree wise, you could probably post a note on Facebook and flog it- or at least get it dug out for free
     
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    Seems a shame to knock the planter down, looks quite pretty I think, well made and in reasonable nick (but obviously it's your house!)

    What about either planting something else in there, or making it into a bench/table/bbq/water feature etc?
     
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    Dynamite
     
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    The purpose of getting rid of it is to build a line of 2ft deep sheds as we have zero storage in the house and no garage, basement, shed or anything.
     
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