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What tools are used to remove and demolish concrete?

There are several different tools that can be used to demolish concrete. Jackhammers are used to remove extra thick layers of concrete. Thinner slabs can be removed with a sledgehammer and a crowbar.

Jackhammer. A jackhammer is typically used to remove thicker slabs of concrete. There are several types of jackhammers that can be used for concrete demolition. Electric jackhammers are plugged into a basic electrical outlet. Pneumatic jackhammers are powered by compressed air. For large commercial projects, it may be necessary to use a hydraulically-powered jackhammer. A hydraulic jackhammer is powered by the pressure of some liquid.

When using a jackhammer, additional safety precautions should be taken. The operator typically needs to wear safety goggles, gloves, and some sort of hearing protection (i.e. earplugs or earmuffs).

Sledgehammer. For slabs that are thinner than 4 inches, it may be possible to use a basic sledgehammer to break apart concrete. Before you start hammering away, you want to consider digging up the dirt in the area around the slab. This may make the work a little bit easier.

Crowbar. A crowbar can be used in conjunction with a sledgehammer when removing a concrete slab. The crowbar, or pry bar, is used for leverage when prying apart the pieces of partially demolished concrete.

Concrete saw. A concrete saw uses an abrasive blade to cut directly through the concrete. The rotating disks of the saw typically have diamonds embedded in them. There are different types of concrete saws. Handheld saws work for small jobs, while walk-behind concrete saws are typically used for large residential projects and commercial projects.

Wire cutter or bolt cutter. When demolish reinforced concrete, you may need to use a wire or bolt cutter to remove the rebar or wire mesh reinforcement.

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