The first thing you will want to do is order your correct size dumpster or trash removal bin. @GreenSolutionsandMore, we will give you expert advice on the correct size dumpster for your project. We will deliver your dumpster right to your door and remove it a few days later. This will be a huge help to you as you will not have to drive to the dump. Dumps are costly and not great for the health of the planet.
Breaking concrete is a task that needs a huge amount of power. Your first choice may be to rent a jackhammer from a rental yard. This is of course, the easier way to break up concrete but can work out expensive if you are dragging the project out. However, this can only be done if the concrete is less than three inches thick.
Another option is to tackle your project in a more homegrown fashion with a sledgehammer and a huge amount of energy.
Firstly, you will have to dig underneath the concrete to remove some of the solid base. This will destabilize the concrete slab and make it easier to break up. Another suggestion to destabilize the solid base is to lift it with a demolition bar. This may require the help of a second person to lift the crowbar and a second person to use the sledgehammer to break off and crack the concrete. Shoving a rock under the corner of the slab will help to keep a space under the concrete slab. A suggestion of tools you may need:
- Eye protection
- Work gloves
- Sledgehammer or pickaxe
- Garden hose
- Crow bar
- Water to spray on concrete
- Dig Under the Concrete
Slowly work the shovely under the side part of the concrete and remove stone, sand etc. from under the concrete base. Once you have a little gap of about an inch, you can start hammering the edges and work your way inwards.
- Wet and Strike the Concrete
Lightly sprinkle the concrete with water so as to minimize the dust you are about to create. Grab the sledgehammer with one hand close to the head and the other hand further back to stabilize yourself. Repeatedly strike in one place until the concrete gives way and cracks. Get the sledgehammer to do the work by not trying to hit too hard. The head of the sledgehammer will do the work.
- Pry Off Pieces
Slowly remove cracked pieces by opening up cracks and breaking up small pieces. Once you can get your gloves into the crack you will be able to wiggle the smaller pieces off from the main part of the concrete.
- Move chunks of concrete to Recycling Bin
Using a hand dolly, load chunks of concrete and wheel them to the dumpster. Lift the pieces carefully and watch your back, remembering to bend your knees and keep the weight close to your body.
Remember to never dispose of concrete waste in your regular garbage bin. Your trash pickup service won’t take it.
There are always a few recycling uses around your garden that may interest you:
- You could stack the concrete pieces up to create a firepit
- Perhaps a small garden bed wall can be built with stacked concrete
- They make cute stepping stones
- You could use the smaller pieces to build up a drainage area in the garden
- If you are building a wall you could mix the smaller pieces into the mix for added bulk.
Good luck with your renovation projects and give us a call @GreenSolutionsandMore.