As it so happens, sometimes it becomes necessary to demolish certain minor roadside structures to make way for new structures or to simply create more space. Some of the home improvement projects may ask you to demolish existing structures so that it will be helpful for renovation preparations. And when it comes to structural demolition, concrete is the most common material found. When you demolish roadside structures, you will mostly be demolishing concrete. Hence it is important to take certain precautions to keep your property and yourself safe.
The Right Tools
Structural demolition could be a tricky business, especially when there is too much concrete. It is a hard, brittle material which is comprised of cement, gravel, crushed stone, sand and water. Some of the structures also include metal mesh and bars that can be hard to demolish. So you have to choose the tools depending upon the type of structure. For small demolitions works, a handy sledgehammer is sufficient. But for large demolition jobs that require you to break through metal mesh and thicker cement, you will need a jackhammer.
Jackhammer can easily shatter cement. But to snip mesh you require a bolt cutter, and a reciprocating saw that has a metal cutting blade to cut rebar. If the demolition job is larger than this, you may require heavy equipment like hydraulic or pneumatic breakers. Whatever tools you use, make sure you handle them well without hurting yourself. Always use safety equipment.
No matter how good you are at handling tools, you should always use safety equipment while handling them. Structural demolition raises several safety concerns. Certain structural components are brittle and they can shatter easily and cause fragments to fly in several directions at the same time.
Whenever you take up a demolition job, it is crucial to wear safety goggles, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, work gloves and work boots. Steel-toad boots help you a great deal and protect your feet better. Also, make sure to cover the concrete with sheeting of plastic before striking it with a sledgehammer. This conveniently prevents the fragments from flying in all directions.
Once you are done with your demolition job, the next step is to dispose of the rubble and other waste materials. Usually, you won’t be able to throw away the broken concrete pieces into the thrash. The standard procedure is to rent a trash container from a waste service centre or take the rubble to the nearest waste facility by yourself. You need a permit to dump the concrete waste, which takes time. So always plan your disposal before you start the process of demolition, so once you are done with the work you will be able to dispose of the rubble quickly.
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