Home renovations and repairs invariably require breaking through stubborn concrete floors. The hard nature of concrete puts off DIY enthusiasts from attempting to break concrete themselves. However, with the right tools,this task is not as difficult as you may think.
- Concrete jackhammer (breaker) with chisel point bit
- Pry bar (5” to 6” long)
- Reciprocating saw
- Bolt cutter
- Make an estimate: Assess the task on hand, to pace the work and also to ensure the proper disposal of debris.
- Position the jackhammer: Take the concrete breaking hammer and grasp it firmly using both hands, positioning it 6 to 12 inches away from the edge of the concrete. Hold the jackhammer vertically. Make sure to face away from windows or anything else that may be damaged by flying debris.
- Apply the jackhammer: Press the trigger of the jackhammer and drive it straight down into the concrete, 2 or 3 inches, and back up the same way. If the drill does not produce a crack, stop and try at another nearby spot.
- Apply again: Move away to another position and repeat the process, ensuring that cracks form in a way that the debris becomes manageable chunks: neither too large nor too small.
- Use a saw or bolt cutter: If there is wire or rebar reinforcement in the concrete, use a reciprocating saw to cut off such reinforcements at the cracks, to facilitate the removal of the concrete. If the reinforcement is wire mesh, a bolt cutter is more apt than a saw
- Use the pry bar: Use the pry bar on the cracks created by the jackhammer, to remove large swathes of concrete in one go.
- Cart away the debris: Cart away the debris to its designated location in a wheelbarrow. For large jobs, a heavy-duty wheelbarrow is appropriate.
Caution: Although a concrete breaking hammer makes the task easy, it still involves some hazards. It would therefore be wise to use safety gear, including: gloves, ear protection, eye protection and steel-toed shoes.
The jackhammer is considered to be one of the most widespread, robust tools utilized in removing concrete floors and patios. Jackhammer types and bits should be carefully selected according to the task and application. Talk to an expert at Runyon Equipment Rental to provide advice on your project.
About the Author
Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.