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What to do about v large granite rocks found in workings

Discussion in 'Building' started by kez1, 19 Feb 2019.

  1. kez1

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    Digging a basement. There is a door at street level into the space.
    Finding v large granite rocks as I dig down which have been used as a ground filler for the original workings.
    I've been drilling lines across each large granite rock and using steel shim and wedge set to split these into smaller more managable rocks.
    I've had only moderate success splitting these rocks.
    At times the face side up part of the rock does not lend itself to even splitting and a few attempts at splitting need to be made.
    Even after splitting the rocks are impossibly large to move.

    Anyone reccommend a more managable approach?
    Digging round rocks is absolutely no problem.
    Lifting them out and disposing of them is.
    Just been leveraging them out of the hole so far. Is there an available block and tackle system I could use, etc?

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    they wont crack with a big breaker?

    maybe hydraulic chainsaw

     
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    Could you dig holes and bury them deep enough that they are below the intended floor level.

    Removing the earth from the deeper holes in bucketfuls will be easier than getting the granite blocks out.
     
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    Non-Explosive bursting perhaps?
     
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    Cavers talk about “chemical persuasion” or “a visit from Dr Nobel”.



    Note that is limestone not grantie.
     
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    I'd be more worried about the existing foundations and the water table. I guess you have researched or had professional instruction as to the feasibility of soil removal etc?
     
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  9. kez1

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    I'm drilling 14mm holes 4- 5" deep and using steel shim and wedge set each 3 - 4" apart to split them down to managable sizes.
    But there is not always a smooth even face exposed for working on, so several attempts on one rock may be necessary.
    It's laborious.

    You thinking of a specific other method?
     
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    That's useful to know.
    Watching that rock flying off to the left made me uneasy.
    By chance it could have come in his direction though it didn't.
    Maybe better containment would be best, with him out of the vicinity & remote way to activate.
     
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    Be interested to know your thoughts on foundations and water.
     
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