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Re: Breaking up concrete steps

Postby lyle11 » Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:03 pm

Eugene wrote:Do you own a decent quality hammer drill? Take another look at feathers and wedges.


That’s the problem. Feathers and wedges as you suggested will work, but I don’t own a hammer drill. Nor do I own a demolition hammer, etc. I’m gonna start with some inexpensive ideas like fire before I put any money into tools that I’ll probably never use again.

This is a rural area. If I can find a rental chainsaw style concrete saw I’ll try that.

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Re: Breaking up concrete steps

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Re: Breaking up concrete steps

Postby lyle11 » Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:17 am

Thanks Don. I’ve rented several tools from Falls Tool Rental before. These steps are located in Wisconsin over 700 miles away, but I’m going to check into places in that area. Menards, which is located 25 miles away, rents demolition hammers but just looking at them I don’t think they would do a lot of damage in a short time period.

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Re: Breaking up concrete steps

Postby lyle11 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:26 pm

Eugene wrote:Do you own a decent quality hammer drill? Take another look at feathers and wedges.


I took Eugene’s advise and bought 20 feathers and wedges and a cheap hammer drill. It is clear the steps were poured in 3 parts. A base, landing, and steps. Tons of hard rocks in it but I was able to drill along the lines where the parts mated together. The feathers and wedges cracked the concrete on a nice line and I had to use a couple of old chisels to open the crack enough to get a chain it where I could pull with my biggest tractor, an Allis Chalmers B.
I had it down to just the landing left after about 8-10 hours.

I did find rebar embedded. I tried to pull the landing over with the Allis but it isn’t powerful enough. I was hoping I could chain it at the top and chain it after each flip and tumble it along. So, I’m working on splitting it into 2 pieces that the Allis can drag. I have to drill and wedge and chip away until I can saw through the rebar.

Wish I had a bigger tractor but I’ll get it into 2 pieces in a few hours. Thanks for the suggestion Eugene. It was the only way I could do this by myself.

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Re: Breaking up concrete steps

Postby Eugene » Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:29 pm

We have a home owner sized hammer drill, to slow. Purchased a mid sized commercial quality hammer drill and quality 3/4" hammer drill bits.

Some native gravel rocks are very hard.

Also went from 1/2" feathers and wedges to 3/4".

Rebar. Opened up the gap with a demolition hammer then cut with a sawzall.
I have an excuse. CRS.


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