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abledsoe 03-14-2008 11:07 PM

removing a patio
The house I just bought has a 12'x12'x4" patio that I want to remove. What is the best strategy for this? Just rent a jackhammer and go at it? Rent a dumpster for the busted concrete? Can I knock this out in a day by myself?
Once its out I plan on throwing in some dirt to level it out and grow in grass. This doesn't seem like too big of a deal, am I naive?


inspectorD 03-15-2008 06:49 AM

Just get some aspirin for the pain, back pain and blisters and any muscle groups you don't use.
That is a large patio, but it can be done .
I would go to the store and buy a diamond blade saw for your skill-saw to make some cuts. Then break it up using a sledgehammer and some leverage when you can. If you can snap it at the cut joint, you can get a long bar under it and stick a 6x6 underneath. Then break it with the #20lb sledge.
Or you can go the backhoe route, or rent a jackhammer, or just plain hiring it out is the best route.
I would get a price first and see what options you have.
There is nothing easy about breaking up, and hauling out concrete slabs.
Good luck, and congratulations on the new house.

travelover 03-15-2008 06:57 AM

Check out the electric hammers at your local rental place. One of these would make it a lot easier. Sometimes you can give away the concrete on Craigslist or Freecycle. People use it to build unmortared walls and raised gardens.

guyod 03-15-2008 07:13 AM

Travelover Makes a good point removal can be very expensive if you cant find the right person to take it away. If you use a regular construction dumpster your probably looking at about $750. If you hire some one they might be able to get rid of it for just transport cost. call around it can save you some $$$ and or your back

southernelitecrete 03-16-2008 04:14 PM

here in no atlanta,
a bosch brute breaking gun rents for $75 day,,, if its a 4" patio, not a day's work to break it,,, 10cy containers're $400 here incl tipping fees - there, i dunno, but you need to know SOMETHING, right ? ? ? :D

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