[TowerTalk] Tower base removal

jcjacobsen at q.com jcjacobsen at q.com
Wed Nov 2 19:56:38 PDT 2011

Rob needs to remove a big 'ol chunk of concrete: 
Once the tower is gone, the widow really wants to have the concrete base gone too. My 
suggestions of building a deck over it was not an option. I remember you 
guys talking about using a jackhammer to remove the top ............................. 


I've thought this thru at times because I'm going to have to do the same thing when I sell this house down the road a bit. 
#1. If the base is real close to the house, a jack hammer may disturb/crack/rattle/harm the foundation in someway. 
#2. IF you go that route, dig the dirt away from the side of the concrete so that it has some place to "expand" into as the hammer goes down. 
#3. I'm currently thinking of scoring the base with a concrete saw as deep as I can then split it off. 

#4. Someone suggested expanding clay in holes. Maybe 
#4. OR take a page from stone workers who use the little feather and wedge things in holes drilled into the "rock". They are placed in the holes and then hit with a large maul, working back and forth from on to another until the rock splits. 

Good luck with the project. 

K9WN Jake 

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