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Chemical product used to break concrete

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Last year in one of the Fine Homebuilding issues there was an article about using a chemical to break concrete.  Can anyone remember which issue it was in?  Better yet, can anyone provide me the name of company that manufactures the chemical?


My neighbor and I need to remove a fair amount of concrete in front of both of our homes.


Regards,


Stan


 


 


 

"Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about."

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Two that I have used with great results.

Bristar www.demolitiontechnologies.com

DEXPAN www.archerusa.com

Get the right formula for your local temperature and don't fill hot holes ( Just drilled ), It decreases it effectiveness.

Hope you have a SDS Max hammer drill or rent a big one.

After you pour your holes, DO NOT look down into them, you'll be tempted to watch it work but don't! Violent little eruptions do occur and shoot debris, cement, dust and chips. Leave it alone and wait till the next day.

Judo Chop!
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(post #72075, reply #5 of 7)

Thanks Lemonjello for the tip!

"Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about."

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November 2005, issue no. 174

(post #72075, reply #6 of 7)

Thanks...now all need to do is find that little rascal....

"Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about."

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Are there any concoctions out there that will disolve a 1/2" layer of concrete on steel other than Muriatic acid (i.e. hydrocloric acid and water)?

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If this is flat stuff like sidewalks and driveways, one trick I've used is to rent a wet diamond saw, and cut it up for re-use as stepping stones.  That worked out cheaper and a lot easier than landfilling it. 


That kind of concrete is quite easy to break by hand if you can get under it with a long bar and pry it up off the ground before you hit it with a sledge.  Busts all to pieces on the first whack that way. 


 


 


-- J.S.


 

 

 

-- J.S.

 

(post #72075, reply #4 of 7)

rent a bobcat for a weekend... u can do it here for the day rate..get the bucket with teeth..  if you have to get the jackhammer attachment... but it costs more than the bobcat usually...


with the chemical stuff u still have to pick it up and move it... i vote for the machine


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