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What size breaker for removing walls

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by phatboy, 22 Jul 2020.

  1. phatboy

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    Hi all,

    If I go ahead with a self-build extension, I have a couple of 4" thick block walls to remove, and a large section of 215mm block wall to remove. Might take down the garage myself too.

    I already have this, which was excellent for chasing, but wonder if it's man enough for taking walls down?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001TX1BJQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It's 5.2Kg, and delivers 5 joules of power.

    Should I be looking for something bigger? It will no doubt be used for other bits and pieces, like breaking chunks of foundation away and breaking up blocks.

    Thanks
    Tim
     
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    Hammer. Chisel. Crowbar. Shovel.
     
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  6. JobAndKnock

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    The Makita will stand years of abuse on building sites and parts will be available for mamy years to come. So good for trade users. Not so sure that a DIYer would get the use out of it, though
     
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    this size breaker:

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    16 pound sledgehammer and a big whack.
    My cousin 20 years ago took down an extension with one blow in the right spot.
    To be honest it wasn't the strongest construction I saw.
     
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    I demolished an old brick garage with a sledge. Only used a breaker to cut up the concrete lintels so I could transport them to the tip.
     
  11. phatboy

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    I was looking for the less labour intensive method, especially for the 9" block-on-flat wall.

    Would be great, but being down in Jersey there is no screwfix, and they won't ship here! Other shipping options are of course available, but the warranty would be useless :(

    I already have the Makita, but not sure if it is gutsy enough for demolition? It's done great job chiselling and coring, but never tried it with demolition, except some concrete steps which it failed at!

    I'm willing to invest in a used, decent brand item, for the convenience of having it there whenever I need something, as opposed to hiring for a day / week.

    Thanks
     
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    The difficulties with buying this sort of stuff secondhand are that:

    1. This sort of stuff tends to be trade use so a lot of it will be 110 volt (site regs) and therefore would need a transformet

    2. By its nature demolition equipment often has s very hard life in trade use

    3. In my experience at least trade often tends to get shot of demolition gear when it is shot although you might get lucky

    4. Without having used the stuff it can be difficult to assess if a piece of kit is in good working order or not. Bit like buying a new car you are unfamiliar with

    I generally borrow breakers from our brickies. Favourites are Hilti TE1000 and Kango 950 (Milwaukee)
     
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    If that Makita you have won't split the joints on a few concrete blocks I don't know what will.
     
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    It's all about technique.
    Hammer/chisel/bar can be the easiest and most efficient method for most walls. You need to work it so that the wall and gravity does most of the work, not knocking one block at a time off from the top, and not standing there for ages holding a machine to vibrate your soul away thinking its easier.
     
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