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SMASHING UP OLD CONCRETE

Concrete is a very durable and useful building material for your home or rental properties. It is incredibly strong and long lasting which means it can be a huge hassle trying to get rid of it. If you need to remove concrete around your property, then your best bet is to smash it into little pieces. However even so, this is going to be a big task that will take time and a lot of effort. Be prepared to sweat and be sore when smashing up old concrete around your rental property.

There are several instances when you will want a concrete slab in your property gone. For example, you may have a garden bed in place that is just taking up space. You may have an old walkway that is now slouching and you want it gone. You may be looking at repaving your deck area and want the old concrete out of here. Whatever the case, you have two main options.

Breaking Concrete Options

The first option is a sledgehammer which is going to require some serious power and muscle. How a sledgehammer works is you will swing it onto the concrete and the power will break it into bits. However, it may take five or six extremely powerful hits before the concrete slab breaks and you can remove the pieces by hand. What this means is that you can expect a pretty intense workout for your arms and shoulders when using a sledgehammer to break up concrete.

Another way to break up concrete is by using a Kango hammer which is similar to a small road drill. However the device is electric. You can buy these tools but you may be better off just renting one as there is a good chance you won't be using it every day or ever again for that matter. A Kango hammer is going to be a lot easier to use and will drill the concrete into smaller bits. However you can still expect the task to be time consuming and hard on your body especially on your hands from the vibration of the device.

Your goal when smashing up concrete, regardless of what method you choose, is to break the slab into teeny pieces so you can easily pick them up and transport them away. Concrete is a heavy material and you may need to break the pieces up quite small. Even so, lifting 200 pieces of concrete is going to take some time and effort. You may wish to use a shovel or you may wish to use your hands depending on how small the pieces of concrete are after you have smashed them up.

You should have a wheelbarrow or, even better, a truck on hand to load the smashed up pieces in. Then you will need to get rid of the old concrete which can be done in a number of ways. You will most likely have to pay to place the items in a dump unless you know a builder or building materials company that may like the old pieces for something. Ask around and contact raw material stores to see if they would like the smashed up pieces of concrete. You never know.

Smashing up old concrete will leave you tired, sweaty and sore. But in some instances it has to be done. If you don't have the time to do this project then you can hire a company to do the job for you. Furthermore, when renting, make sure you have the permission of your landlord before starting this task as this may be a home improvement task that your landlord will not be pleased with.

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