How do I remove one step of a concrete patio?

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Old 04-11-10, 02:28 PM
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How do I remove one step of a concrete patio?

I'm planning on constructing a deck on top of a concrete patio that is poured outside of my back door. To have enough room for the deck boards, I need to remove the first step, as seen in the picture above the yellow line. Can this be done easily? My plan is to cut lines to the right depth and just chisel enough of the step away for my deck boards to fit. The whole slab will be covered by the deck, so I'm not concerned with appearance. The whole concrete section was poured after the house was done, so I'm not worried that its attached to the foundation. Is this the right way to remove this step?

Thanks for any advice!

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My guess is that from the yellow line to the top is not all cement. I would think that there is sand in there. Punch a hole in the top with a chipping gun or jack hammer to see how thick it actually is.
 
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Pulpo, as much as I would normally agree with that statement, I just tore out two 3' wide steps on a newly constructed house. They were poured solid about 2.5 feet thick, and attached with #4 rebar to a small section of foundation that was poured for the sole purpose of resting the steps on! My Bobcat 864 wouldn't even budge it. I had to rent a breaker attachment to knock it out!
Raungst, I hope Pulpo is right. If they're poured correctly, they should not be a solid chunk, but instead about 4" thick and filled with stone or sand. Your idea will most likely work fine. Good luck.
 
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Pecos, with my luck, the same thing would probably happen to me.
 
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The step itself is only 6" high, but the whole "Patio" is about 18" high. It will be interesting what I find. Thanks for the confirmation that my plan should work.
 
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I had a customer who wanted a concrete porch removed. It was about two feet high. I was explaining my cost would include the cost of renting a jack hammer. As I was saying you can't just break it up with a hammer I hit it with my claw hammer just for emphasis. The claw hammer broke out a large chunk of porch. {LOL} Bottom line you just don't know till you try.
 
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That hammer made a liar out of you, LOL. If it were crime, the DA would have called the hammer as a witness.
 
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