removing an old concrete garage foundation

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removing an old concrete garage foundation

Can I rent equipment to remove an old concrete garage foundation? we took the actual garage down outselves with help, and now are left with the foundation that we want to remove and fill in with dirt (and eventually grass). There is another foundation behind the old garage one, and a contractor quoted us 2800 for all removal and also said he would fill in the dirt (if we have the dirt there). Can we do this much more cheaply ourselves?
 
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Hard to say if it is good without knowing more.

1. Do you have any ieas of the type of foundation and the depth?

2. How good is the access for small equipment?

3.Can you operate small equipment?

4. What is the local cost for dumping construction debris (unsorted dirt, rock and concrete)? How far away does it have to ne trucked?

5. What is the cost of the fill material AND top soil?

That is just the DIY short list.

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Old 05-07-11, 07:27 AM
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Welcome to the forums! You may be looking at a formidable job. I just jackhammered a 6" deep 5x8 patio to make way for a new larger pour. Took most of the morning with one helper, loaded a one ton truck with about 2 tons of concrete, took it to the recycle landfill, paid for dumping . That is a microcosm of what you may be faced with.
Based on your description, a jackhammer may not work. Bobcat with concrete probe would be best. Several hundred per day. Dump truck, maybe 20 ton, several hundred plus CDL qualified driver. We were lucky...our recycle landfill charged me $2 , yours may be different.
As you take Dick's list you may see the proposed in-and-out cost may not be too much. Of course you'll have to find and have delivered a few loads of topsoil.
 
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thanks!

These are great suggestions. I need to measure the blocks, but the garage foundation looks like cinder blocks and concrete and it looks about three or four feet deep. We can get equipment back easily. We had an estimate for 2500 and that seemed steep.
 
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Old 05-07-11, 12:40 PM
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Have you mentioned the dimensions yet....a 10x10 is a lot different from a 12 x 24. I took down about 30' of 5' high block wall (by hand) and it about 1/2 filled a 20 yd(?) dumpster and was probably close to the weight limit. Just the dumpster (with delivery, pickup and disposal) was about $275.

Is there also concrete floor?
 
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dimensions

so the dimensions are
10' x 21' x 4"

Then there is another concrete slab right behind this one (where we think garbage cans were stored...it is about half the size of the other one but looks to not be so deep...) and there is no wall..we took the actual strucure which was wood down last fall.
 
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Maybe using Dexpan could help the budget.
 
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Old 05-07-11, 05:29 PM
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Sorry...it's getting even more confusing (to me). If its just a slab that's 4" thick with the dimensions you gave (10 x 21)...then a roll off dumpster, a sledgehammer, and wheelbarrow might do it (with a lot of manual labor of course)

Earlier you said a foundation that was 3-4 FEET deep. So if its a perimeter foundation that deep with a slab poured in between.....you'll be spending at least $600 or so for disposal...maybe more. $500-600 for equipment rental...maybe more....plus a day or 2 doing it. Couple of hundred for soil delivery maybe? Yer in MA...so I'm sure most stuff is more expensive then it is here.
 
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