- Breaking up Concrete?
Our garden is a mess (inherited) and we’re trying to sort it!
This weekend’s task (amongst others)is removing an old fence post that’s concreted in where I want to put the shed I intend on putting up at some point. So far I’ve dug around the post and there is a large lump of concrete attached to it that needs breaking up before it can be removed.
So recommendations on how to break it up? So far I’ve had a go with a lump hammer & bolster and whacked it with a sledge hammer, both with little effect!Posted 4 years ago
You’ll struggle without a big tool. I have quite a few similar jobs to do so bought a breaker from screwfix for £150. Great bit of kit and handy to have. Probably overkill for a one off so rent something.Posted 4 years ago
SDS drill with chisel function.
You might get away with that if it is a weak mix or not that old but it was hammering away for half and hour or so with my SDS not making a dent that prompted me to go and get the big breaker. You need an SDS as well, though, so maybe go buy one first and try it 🙂Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I have a slightly smaller version of that thing footflaps posted.
Cost about £40 and for putting concrete spurs onto existing posts it’s been great for breaking up one side of the existing concrete base.
But as above, why dig it out, just cut the post off and leave it in place.Posted 4 years agofathomerSubscriber
Thanks for all the suggestions.
Unfortunately it needs digging out as for some reason it sits about 6″ higher than the other 2/3’s of the area the shed will be going.
So it looks like I may need to spend a bit more than I was anticipating. Hiring something looks like the best bet though I may have another go with the sledge hammer and a chisel first.Posted 4 years agomuckerSubscriber
Save yourself some money its only a wee ball of concrete, borrow or buy a pinch bar (one end a chisel the other a point) and set about it in a systematic manner, won’t take you more than half a hours vigorous exercise.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re struggling, I’ll send the wife round.mcmoonterMember
I got a hydraulic jack hammer with my power pack. I never had occasion to use it until my brother had to excavate a channel for the utilities to his ruin. He spent a day with a hammer, chisel sds drill and pinch bar getting nowhere. The jack hammer made mincemeat of it. You’ll need a double helping of porrage in the morning though.
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