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Breaking out 1/2 block patio and concrete slab

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by wannadie, 30 Jun 2020.

  1. wannadie

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    I would like to breakout and dispose of half this patio, including a concrete slab and the end of my garden. Idiot steps please!

    Can I have an idiots guide on how to do this without needing to buy anything too expensive.

    Could be tempted to invest in a few tools if they will make my life considerably easier!

    Thanks in advance,
    Matthew
     

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  3. domdee

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    Lump hammer and chisel would be the cheapest route. and a pair of safety glasses/goggles.

    Smash away at a corner first, and once you're started it should come away easily enough. Smash the concrete up into manageable chunks. This could be easy or really difficult. Just depends on how well it was made.

    A crow bar might help too to lever from underneath.

    Rubble sacks and tip runs will be cheaper - but very time consuming. Skip hire would be easier but costs around £150 depending on size and on/off street.
     
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    Thank you.

    If I could borrow an SDS hammer drill, would drilling holes or using a chisel bit make my life easier?
     
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    The chisel would help make it easier as and when required, not sure drilling holes would help unless you intend dropping dynamite into them.
     
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    Using a disc cutter (even a cheap angle grinder) across the dividing line would allow a neater edge than whacking a lump hammer
    It's surprising what cushioning effect the ground has. Breaking concrete is easier if you can lever an edge up and use the airgap to allow breakage of the slab
     
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    This option sounds most fun!
     
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    The chisel fiction could help. As could drilling holes. Gives a weak point to whack.
     
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    I've done this a couple of times. For the size you've got, a hammer and a chisel will easily do the job. I've cut it with a proper saw previously and it didn't seem to make a massive difference, it did generate annoyingly massive levels of dust though. The one thing that would help is a pneumatic breaker, but not worth renting or buying for that.
     
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    Thanks all for your help.
     
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