If you have an old, concrete patio that you want to replace, you are going to need to break up and remove your old patio. Here is what you need to do if you want to remove that old concrete patio on your own.
#1 Get The Right Safety Gear
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have the right safety gear on hand for the job. You are going to be using a concrete breaker, so you want to make sure that you properly protect your face. You will need a hard hat, safety goggles, and a face mask to protect you from flying debris. These power tools can be really loud as well, so you are going to want to wear earplugs as well.
Additionally, you are going to need to protect yourself by wearing a jacket, pants, and sturdy shoes.
#2 Get The Area Ready
Second, you need to get the area ready. You need to contact your local utility companies and make sure that there are not any power, gas, or water lines near or under the concrete that you are planning on breaking up. You are also going to want to spray off the concrete and make sure that it is free of loose debris, such as rocks and sticks. If you have any equipment or furniture on the patio, you'll need to remove that as well.
#3 Get The Tools Ready
Third, you need to get the tools ready that you are going to use. A heavy-duty electric concrete breaker needs to be plugged into a transformer and/or a power outlet that is capable of dealing with a heavy-duty breaker.
#4 Know Your Strategy
Fourth, you need to make sure that you have a strategy for breaking up the concrete. You are going to want to start at the furthest point away from the edge of the concrete and your yard. You want to make sure that you have a solid place to stand as you break up the concrete and work your way across the concrete patio. You are going to want to have a system for getting rid of the concrete as well; you may want to have a wheelbarrow to transport the concrete as well as a dumpster to put the broken up concrete into.
#5 Breaking The Concrete
Finally, you are going to need to break the concrete down. To do this, you are going to want to put the electric heavy-duty breaker tip onto the surface of the cement and turn it on. The breaker will then start to vibrate; as it vibrates, you need to hold it as tight as you can and push down on it. As the breaker cracks the cement, move the breaker and crack up the cement in an organized manner.
For an expert touch, work with a professional demolition company.