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RocketScott wrote:
Tried to pull the front step out without success

As far as I can tell it was poured after the foundation. There’s no rebar in it but man is it stuck. I’m tempted to rip it out with the boom truck but I don’t want to also rip a hole in the foundation

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Might try pouring muriatic acid between the step and the foundation to see if that would loosen it up

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Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:50 pm
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RocketScott, If the guy who put the step in knew what he was doing, he would have drilled into the foundation and smacked in some anchor bolts. And then poured the step around the bolts. This ties the two together and prevents the step from settling. What you need is a jackhammer!


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I've got a bigaz rotohammer. I ran a chisel around the edges (top and left side) trying to get it to pop off. The foundation doesn't chip away when I do that, just the step

I did undercut it by maybe half, or a little more. There's actually a cavity in the middle and I think the only contact with the foundation is 4" around the perimeter

The line of holes down the middle were to split it in half (divide and conquer). I drilled those then drove a wedge in one of the holes near the edge. it cracked down the middle but didn't come off the foundation

The hole in the step goes into the cavity. I was thinking about chaining it up to the boom and pulling on it. Then I though "Hey, I should show the guys on WaGuns this clusterF before I rip a hole in the foundation"

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They probably did it right - drilled into the foundation, and tied re-bar in the step directly to the foundation. Jack hammer it out a piece at a time. Then, cutting torch for the re-bar.

Boom truck it, and all you will have left is a great video of your whole house collapsing when you tear out the entire foundation wall on that side.

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There isn’t a foot of rebar in the entire foundation

It was poured in the 50s

I cut the access hole at the back all the way down to the footing (it does actually have a footing, some didn’t back then). 6” thick, 5’ tall, no rebar


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RocketScott wrote:
There isn’t a foot of rebar in the entire foundation

It was poured in the 50s

I cut the access hole at the back all the way down to the footing (it does actually have a footing, some didn’t back then). 6” thick, 5’ tall, no rebar


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Even if the foundation. Doesn’t have steel, if it’s not moving from wedging and a chisel bit I’m sure they did apoxy rebar dowels, even on a 4” slab you apoxy dowels usually ever 8-12” so I’m sure there are several dowels in that step.

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Daveygravey89 wrote:
RocketScott wrote:
There isn’t a foot of rebar in the entire foundation

It was poured in the 50s

I cut the access hole at the back all the way down to the footing (it does actually have a footing, some didn’t back then). 6” thick, 5’ tall, no rebar


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Even if the foundation. Doesn’t have steel, if it’s not moving from wedging and a chisel bit I’m sure they did apoxy rebar dowels, even on a 4” slab you apoxy dowels usually ever 8-12” so I’m sure there are several dowels in that step.


Doesnt need to be epoxied in, slightly undersized hole and hammer in rebar dowels , it isn't pulling out without a lot force applied.


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