Removing concrete

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Old 09-21-13, 08:28 AM
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Removing concrete

I just called a guy to come give an estimate on removing about a 4 foot wide section of concrete in our patio, and another 2 food wide area on the other side of the patio. Not requiring him to cut straight, we just want a natural edge. The cement is about 5 inches thick. We just want to get to the dirt so we can have a little garden. He quoted us 500 for break down and removal of the concrete, do you guys think this is a fair price or should I look elsewhere? Also, how hard would it be to do this myself? He says there are metal bars holding the concrete in place which he has to cut... I didn't see any though, but will find out once/if he starts the job.

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Old 09-21-13, 08:55 AM
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That's a tight space. Is the fence on top of the concrete? I don't know if it's a good price or not but have you considered just building a planting bed on top of the flagstone?
 
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Old 09-21-13, 09:40 AM
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Will there be enough sunlight available in that three sided area to even make a full size garden viable ?

If re-inforcement steel was used it would be down inside the cement. You couldn't see it from the surface.
 
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Even after it is torn out, all that heavy bulky stuff will have the be disposed of somewhere and that can be a problem in many places.

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Old 09-21-13, 03:49 PM
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So I called another crew, they quoted me 350 and said they could do it right away. Took them less than 2 hours and hauled out all the debris as well!

Now, any tips on the edging? We want to keep the natural line, but have a nice transition into the soil that will be just slightly lower than ground level.

Also, how do should I go about filling the area with clean healthy soil for gardening, do I just buy a bunch of potting soil bags or is there a better way? Maybe I should take this question to the gardening section.

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Old 09-22-13, 04:03 AM
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You might need to dig out some of the dirt that's there or at least break it up good. 4" of top soil over compacted dirt doesn't make for a good garden although a lot depends on what you intend to grow.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 12:47 PM
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I would use some type of paver to make the edging. Keep a masonry barrier between the new soil and the wooden fence.

I would not use pressure treated wood as edging there.
 
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