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A Brief History of 3 Demolition Tools

“Demolish” is one of those delicious, sleek words. But what’s more satisfying than watching a building before you get gloriously demolished by nifty machines? One must ask at some point: Where did all these cool designs come about? To find out some of the key pieces of history behind modern demolition, keep scrolling!

Wrecking ball

One of the most iconic symbols of demolition, the wrecking ball is often what makes demolitions such spectacles. Despite its name, the wrecking ball is not always spherical; it often comes in the shape of a pear—a pear with its top cut off to be more exact. The predecessor to the wrecking ball was the sledgehammer of the 1930s that wrecked fixtures and windowpanes. The 1950s and 60s finally saw the golden age of wrecking balls. However, due to the discovery of the toxicity of asbestos (released from the rough wrecking), people increasingly preferred other means of demolition—such as excavating machines—to wrecking balls.

Hydraulic excavator

Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company is credited for being the first to apply hydraulic technology to excavation in 1882. The result? They helped build the Hull docks of England. An unrelated, American Armstrong by the name of Frank H. Armstrong—a mechanical engineer at the Penn Iron Mining Company—built the second machine in 1914. Fast forward some centuries and we have the modern hydraulic excavator that was largely a development from the 1940s. Whereas wrecking balls have the disadvantage of being difficult to control, hydraulic excavators can move much more surgically. Rather than have to generate a pendulum swing to maximize impact, the hydraulic excavator can deliver a punch right away.

Explosives

Why go through the trouble of smashing and pummeling when the destruction could be achieved from within? Building implosion—misnamed because a building is not imploding but simply weakened in its structural integrity—is a way of bringing an edifice down via the use of explosives. This method is effective for skyscrapers (unless they are exceptional mega-giants like the Burj Khalifa) and simultaneous, multiple demolitions. As of 2018, the tallest structure to be safely demolished was the Singer building in New York; one can wonder which demolition would be the grandest for 2019.

Conclusion

The various claws and cranes specialized for demolition are many. Thoroughly researching all the historical scoops on demolition can give us a snapshot of the past as well as grow our appreciation for and knowledge about what we have today; but being able to demolish LEGO castles with that history book doesn’t mean you’re an expert. Contact Legacy Concrete Works to get ‘er done!

DIY Demolition Tips and Tricks!

We’ve all heard our fair share of cliched movie super villains and their whole “before creation comes destruction” spiel. Well, truth be told, they hit the nail right on the head when it comes to home remodels! And while demolition can be one of the most cathartic and satisfying parts of the home remodel process, to many, it can be a messy and time consuming affair. Fortunately, professional demo services are out there and are eager to lend a helping hand.

If, however, you’re interested in taking a bit of a DIY approach where you’re able in order to save a few bucks, there’s no shortage of tips and suggestions we can share!

Diversify With an Oscillating Tool

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete amateur, the right oscillating tool is just one piece of equipment you simply can’t do without. Struggling to remove a chunk of drywall? Slap on a half-moon blade to your multi-tool and cut away in half the time! Looking to straighten out the edge of a particular cabinet’s trim? Work with a straight edge and make sure everything looks clean and reigned in. With the sheer amount of different blades and applications to be had, it’s no exaggeration to say that your demolition projects begin and end with a carefully selected oscillating multi-tool!

Deal With Insulation Before Tearing Down Drywall

Home demolition is already a messy affair without having to consider blown-in insulation resting above the ceiling. Make it a rule to suck out all of the insulation in your attic before breaking down any ceiling or drywall and save yourself the dusty, cloudy mess. If you don’t have the tools necessary, you can rent the large vacuum required for the procedure for relatively cheap! If that doesn’t work out, you can also reach out to insulation installers who regularly provide a cleanup service in addition to blowing in new insulation.

Rent a Walk-Behind Floor Scraper

If you’re working with materials like vinyl or tile, you’re probably biding your time trying to avoid pulling up your flooring. And that’s no surprise when you consider just how much of a hassle flooring removal can be, especially when you consider the process usually implies long and arduous labor that trickles away material little by little. Fortunately, time, patience, and health can be preserved with a walk-behind floor scraper! These innovative tools are known for reducing the strain on your back and wrists and also perform a much more seamless job removing vinyl and even breaking down tile with their impressive attachments.

Conclusion

Like with most processes, there’s are both mindless and smart ways of performing DIY home demolition. Keep these tips we mentioned in mind and preserve your home, your money, and, most importantly, your sanity before you embark on the transforming journey that is home remodeling!

The Advantages of Hiring Professional Demolition Services

When you’re renovating your landscape or building a brand new home from the ground up, you will typically have to deal with existing obstructions on the property. Depending on the scale of the project, this can be a challenging proposition if you don’t have the knowledge or the equipment to accomplish this task.

That’s where professional demolition services can really come in handy! In this article, we will run down just the benefits of working with an experienced group who understands what they’re doing, rather than you handling it all by yourself. Hopefully, by the end of this, we will be able to show you how you should handle this opportunity!

Regulation Compliance and High Safety Standards

It doesn’t need to be said how complicated construction and demolition regulations can be. You can’t simply hurl a wrecking ball at the building and assume everything is all well and good. After all, there are state and local ordinances for health and environmental safety to consider.

Any prominent professional demolition crew will have the experience and training required to ensure your project complies with these regulations, while also having the licensing and permits to perform the service. This is especially important depending on where your property is situated and if the project will cause any disruptions. You’ll be able to protect yourself from any undue responsibilities and punishments.

This goes hand in hand with any safety hazards you may encounter on site. Inexperienced individuals run a larger risk of injuring themselves or others. A professional contractor has the education and discipline to adjust for these types of environments so your project can run at its smoothest if it’s inside a hazardous area.

A Faster and More Efficient Project

While you may be stuck with store-bought tools if you go it alone, a reputable demolition group will have the heavy-duty equipment to handle projects of any scale. Why use a hammer when a bulldozer can be far more effective?

Not only does this make their work exponentially faster, but also more complete. It’s one thing to tear something down – the act of removing it from the site is another thing altogether. Overall, you will be able to save both time and money in having a rapid process that can take days rather than weeks to finish.

Conclusion

These are just some of the important factors you will have to weigh when deciding whether to hire a professional for your project. There are plenty of other unpredictable aspects that you won’t be able to plan for that a competent company will adapt to with ease. For all these reasons and more, you should make hiring an accomplished demolition company a priority.

Do you have any questions or thoughts regarding this decision? Be sure to share them in the comments section below. We would love to read them!