Spring and summer in Southern Ontario are prime construction and home renovation time, and now that the pandemic is finally being wiped away into the history books, more businesses and homeowners are getting geared up for their next project.
Winter with the pandemic was terrible, but it was handy for one thing: it was a great time to make plans, do our research and get everything in order for our next project, and now that the sun is out and the temperatures are rising, it’s time to get the toolbelt out and start swinging some hammers.
Many construction and home renovation projects mean that you’re going to have to break some stuff, and replace it. One of the things that is almost always on that list is concrete, and here are a few easy tips to help you bust it up and get rid of it easily and quickly.
Cover It Up:
If you have a concrete slab, like a patio, garage or basement floor that needs to be replaced, the best thing you can do to keep debris and dust to a minimum is simply cover it with a sturdy plastic sheet. You can use heavy objects like some bricks to hold it down, and then go at it with a sledge hammer. Most of the dust and debris will be contained, and then you can simply haul it out to your roll-off disposal dumpster.
Get A Power Wheelbarrow:
Speaking of hauling, you are going to have to get all of that concrete to your dumpster (more on that later) and you can easily rent a power wheelbarrow to help get it done quickly and easily. A power wheelbarrow is exactly what you think it is. The bin tilts forward so you can easily load it, then raise it back up and steer it to your dumpster. It has a power drivetrain, so you don’t have to push it, simply guide it to the bin, dump everything and repeat.
Rent A Jackhammer:
It goes without saying that a jackhammer will make the job a lot easier than swinging a sledgehammer all day, and you can rent one easily enough with the power wheelbarrow. Plus who are we kidding? They’re cool and we wish we had one in our garage all the time. It is worth noting that when you rent yours, be sure to pay attention to the service rep when they show you how to operate it correctly. Jackhammers are great tools, but they can get away from you if you don’t use it correctly, so pay close attention and ask questions. Your feet will thank you.
Rent A Disposal Bin:
Actually, this should say rent the “correct” disposal bin, because concrete is heavy and you will want one with a lower profile to make dumping your concrete into it easier. Unless you have rented a Bobcat or something with some reach, you will need a lower profile if you are doing it by hand. Yes you will probably need more trips to the recycling centre, but it is preferable to be throwing large chunks into a bigger dumpster with high walls all day.
The proper disposal bin to rent when removing concrete would be a 4 Yard Dumpster unless you’re doing a big construction job, then at that point we recommend renting a 20 Yard Dumpster for all of your concrete removal needs.