Removing Concrete Driveway


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Old 04-11-06, 02:21 PM
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Removing Concrete Driveway

I am building a pool in my backyard and have to remove a driveway. It is approx. 6' wide by 50' long. I am having a container delivered to my house to haul away the debris. What kind of tools and techniques would make the demolition of this driveway easiest for the do it yourselfer?
 
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Removing Concrete Driveway

You have a minimum of 15,000# of concrete to remove (assuming 4" thick). Do you have any idea what kind of reinforcement there is and how think it really is. Does the container have a place to take reinforced concrete?

You will need equipment to BREAK it up, HAUL it, and LIFT the 15,000 - 20,000# over 6' into the containers.

You may want to have a contractor with the right equipment do it in a couple of hours. The other choice is a lot of friends and a lot of beer.

Dick
 
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By the time you rent the equipment and/or buy the beer and take care of the medical bills, you might as well pay a contractor to do it. It'll be gone in a day.
 
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I tend to agree with Bob and Dick about hiring it out. However, if you must DIY, a large skidsteer loader is just the ticket. It will break, lift, and load the concrete easily. If you don't know how to run one, then a 60# jackhammer and air compressor will break it up easily. It's up to you to lift it into the container though. Do not try an electric jackhammer. It would take you 5 times as long with that as with an air powered hammer. Good luck.

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