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John

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12-27-2010 02:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip concrete question

The former owner put up a basketball goal and did what the instructions said. He filled the pole with concrete and poured about two bags of Quickrete around the base. In contrast, I rented a house and put the pole in dirt and packed it down- stayed up for three years. My question is how to get the metal pipe off and break up the concrete. It’s at the end of the driveway and it’s in the way. All help is appreciated.

-- I got out of the rat race. The rats kept winning.



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terry1769

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12-27-2010 07:29 PM

Oh yuck. If he hadn’t filled the pipe you’d have a pretty easy job. My guess is that you’ll have to take the pole out in one piece.

The way I’ve usually done it is to wrap a chain as tightly as you can around the base of the pipe, just above the concrete. Then set a rolling floor jack on the ground with the lifting end as close as you can get it to the concrete. Run the chain up over the lifting pad and back down and clip it to itself with a strong removable link or chain hook. Then start pumping the jack to lift the whole thing out of the ground.

I’ve done a few large posts set in concrete that way and so far it’s worked very well to break the concrete clump loose and lift it out. If he filled the pole all the way up it will be top-heavy so be careful of it tilting over.

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12-27-2010 09:19 PM

Thanks, Terry. I just thought- what do I do with it when I get it out of the ground? Wifey has a big Dodge pick-up that could pull it out. (She lets me drive it sometimes.) I’m thinking the whole thing will weigh about 300 pounds.

-- I got out of the rat race. The rats kept winning.

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terry1769

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12-27-2010 09:30 PM

maybe 1-800-got-junk http://www.1800gotjunk.com/ ?

The (reasonable) tools I know of to cut steel won’t fare well on concrete and vise-versa. If you have a large air compressor and an air hammer you could use a muffler cutter bit (The one that looks like a chisel with a center tooth pointing backwards) to safely cut around the pipe. Then you could use a chisel type bit to break the concrete.

I think the other option would be to take a sledge to it until you’ve pulverized the concrete in one area then hacksaw through the steel and concrete dust.

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willy3486

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02-04-2011 04:19 AM

If you do not want to keep it you could offer it for free to someone on something like craigslist or the local paper. Just let them know they have to get it and not damage anything around it. That wway someone does it for you and you don’t have to worry about it. Helps you ,helps them.

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