Buying a home with a landscape and garden design in place can be great, but after living in your new house for a while, you may decide to make changes to your landscape. While moving plants and shrubbery may be a simple task, moving parts of an existing landscape like concrete walkways can be more challenging. If you have a design in mind for a new concrete walkway, but you have to remove the old one first, follow these tips for helping you get the job done.
The Tools You Will Need For Breaking Up Concrete
If you are able to swing a sledgehammer without throwing your back out, you may want to use one to break up the concrete in the walkway you are removing. You also have the option of renting an electric jack hammer, also called a breaker, for breaking apart the concrete you need to remove. While a jackhammer will make it easier on your back, you should know it will take about the same amount of time as it would with a sledgehammer for breaking up slabs of concrete in your walkway.
Removing Concrete Means More Than Just Hammering
Before you start hammering and cracking your concrete walkway, making sure you have someone to help you with prying up pieces of concrete will help save time. If you have to stop every time you make a break in the walkway for prying up the piece with a crowbar, it will take a longer time for you to finish. When choosing a crowbar for this project, be sure to choose that is high-quality so it will not break when being used.
Collecting The Broken Pieces
Having a container in place before you begin breaking apart the concrete in your old walkway is a good idea and will save you a lot of time. Bear in mind you will need to get a special container from a concrete recycling center if you plan to dispose of your concrete in that manner. If you have a use in mind for the broken pieces you remove, be sure to place it in a container that will hold it without breaking or cracking.
When you have broken and removed all the walkway concrete, taking the time to rake the area clean is a good idea. A clean area is important no matter if you want to plant grass or shrubs in the area or if you want to lay down a different type of walkway.
For more information, contact Garrett Concrete Cutting, Coring & Sawing Inc - Chino or a similar company.