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Removing a small slab

Posted by John Sprung on March 4th, 1999 06:43 PM
In reply to Small Foundation Removal by Julie on March 3rd, 1999 11:23 AM [Go to top of thread]

First, find out what you're up against.
Does this foundation have a raised footing around
the outside? How thick is the slab? Spend an
hour or less with a shovel, and dig around it to
find out what's really there. If it's just a
fairly thin slab, it should be easy to get rid of.

Breaking up a slab with a sledge hammer is easy
if you can use some leverage to get the slab up
off the ground just a little way. I just finished
a job where I moved some 8' x 8' slabs around using
a small hydraulic jack. Yours probably weighs
about as much as a car, so you might be able to
lever it up with a 10 foot hunk of large water
pipe, or lumber, or something. Then just throw
a couple 2x4's or whatever under it, never put
your hands under something like that, and you're
ready. Sledge hammer the parts that are up off
the ground, and it'll break quite easily.

-- J.S.

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