Weekend Work

Archimedes used to say : "Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world."

My backyard has a slab of concrete that is 5 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet by 6 inches. With out a real plan, I decided to get rid of it as it stuck into the lawn like a sore thumb. Both my wife and I  got tired of it a while ago. Removing it seemed simple enough, dig under it, stick a 2 by 4 under it as a lever and move it out. Great plan, right?

From what I can find out (After the Fact), concrete is at least 94 pounds per cubic foot.  If my math is correct, I levered up a slab of concrete weighing more than 700 pounds. Once I got it lifted up, I couldn't move it an inch! No problem I thought, I have a sledge hammer! Yet Another great plan, right? No…

A few  hours later, I had the slab in manageable sized pieces. The next problem, what to do with this pile of rubble and this hole in my lawn? Well, I got my Shovel and dug a 5 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet by 18 to 20 inches hole.  The Slab is mostly still there, just 18 inches under. I should of taken a photo, but After several scrapes and bruises I just wasn't up for it.

Whomever laid that slab did a great job as it was solid as hell! I'm just glad they didn't put Steel rebar in it as I'd NEVER get it in pieces, even with a sledge hammer.

As it stands, I'm really exhausted. The perils of being a home owner. 

Music I'm listening to now:
"In my life" by The Beatles from the "Rubber Soul" album.  


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