Im removing a basketball pole

I removed the pole itself last summer, now I’m digging up the cement base

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’s pretty deep, I definitely won’t be able to lift it out. I think I’ll start breaking it apart, I’m kind of scared of 127-houring myself in my own back yard so I’ll stop digging around it for now

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Damn! Sure that was a basketball goal and not a footer for the sears tower? There are DIY hole-tards coming after seeing that pic.
      It looks like you are in a good position now, but that couldn't have been easy. I would suggest you put a chain around the concrete. Put a cinder block or old steel wheel on the edge of the cavern you dug.
      Hook the chain to your bumper hitch, making sure it will be in line with the block. Give it some gas. The block will keep the chain from going horizontal, so you will be applying vertical force to that concrete. Should come right out.
      Sledge hammer it after it's out. It will save your back. use the chunks to help fill that hole.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        4x4 hole is normal for a basketball hoop

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That 127 hour thing bugged me, so I looked it up.
      I remember that story. When I put it all together it was truly a top kek.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Buy a pickaxe and live out your minecraft fantasies.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/uGvigbj.jpg

      Bought a pick and a sledge. This is tough work, I wish i had a hammer drill. But I’ll do the manual labor, it’s a good workout and gives me a weird appreciation for all the miners that lived nearby a long time ago.

      https://i.imgur.com/lL7YQef.jpg

      The cement mass tipped over after hitting it a few times with the sledge. It’s tempting to just bury it, but I have long term hopes of putting a hot tub and sauna in this area so I’ll just keep going until it feels stupid to do so, or I’ve finished.
      Break time is over, back to work now.

      you actually dug it out? oh my god what a waste of labor

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You think that’s a waste just wait until I’ve broken it up

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      drill some holes and use Betonamit.
      poweder mixed with water filled in holes. wait some hours and you get plenty of small pieces

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Use dynamites

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Godspeed, op.

    You are de-moroning your yard.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Years ago I helped my mom "remove" a similarly footed clothesline. Like the fucker had a 5 gallon bucket-size cement blob on it and the pole was cut off but not flush with the yard. Honestly we dug around it, tipped it diagonally below grade and buried that SOB.

    -So if ya get halfway and then wanna half-ass it lol, I would highly recommend the above method

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dont even pull it out. Dig it wide enough to drop flat and bury that bitch.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Bought a pick and a sledge. This is tough work, I wish i had a hammer drill. But I’ll do the manual labor, it’s a good workout and gives me a weird appreciation for all the miners that lived nearby a long time ago.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      where did you get that blurry ass pick axe from and why didnt you get a blurry hammer to match?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why is the pick so pixelated?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        it's too lewd for PrepHole

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You mean pickselated?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Bravo

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          have an updoot good sir

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Rent a drill hammer and getvsome crack wedges. It will save you so much labour.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The cement mass tipped over after hitting it a few times with the sledge. It’s tempting to just bury it, but I have long term hopes of putting a hot tub and sauna in this area so I’ll just keep going until it feels stupid to do so, or I’ve finished.
    Break time is over, back to work now.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You're lucky, looks like the only thing keeping it there was that root.

      You might be able to lift it out with a pair of those furniture straps and another warm body. Otherwise you'll probably need a pulley.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >need a pulley
        more like a crane to get it out, amirite oldfags?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Its not in the pool

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Its not in the pool

            Yet. Easy way is surround with shipping containers then throw Harbor Freight tarps to build pool around it, then chill by pool feasting on crab meat.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Its not in the pool

            Yet. Easy way is surround with shipping containers then throw Harbor Freight tarps to build pool around it, then chill by pool feasting on crab meat.

            Still some peeps here from when PrepHole was good

            inB4 4chin was never good

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Steady progress. I can move it around in the hole now, but it’s still too heavy to lift. The sledge seems to work much better than the pick. Both of them are a pain in the ass to use on something underneath me. By the look of it I’ll end up burying most the concrete even if I break it all up. The hole is filling up with concrete fragments.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stood it upright, gonna smash the other side soon. For now I’m going to cool off, drink some water, and eat some lunch. It’s nearly 100 degrees F right now and I’ve only eaten a muffin today!

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hammered the pole part off, and spend some more time hammering away. The pole was giving me leverage, and after I whacked it off I could no longer move the block around. Decided I’ve larped enough for this project and buried the rest of the block like some other anons suggested. There’s around a foot of dirt on top of it. I figure if I ever do get around to revamping this section of the yard then if it’s in the way I’ll hopefully have a hammer drill or a friend to make quick work of it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Looks like I'm late... use this next time you encounter something similar.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I pulled a few fence posts out this way recently worked great. Fuck digging that shit out

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It’ll be our little secret.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Lol, sounds good anon. -I was one of those saying tip and bury it haha.

      Like others said, you put in some good work there but discretion is the better part of valor

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dynamite would have been more fun

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    for future reference your would have been way better off with a 4lb hammer and a chisel. or a jackhammer.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Previous homeowner won that round. You put up a really good fight though.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's basically a rock, you should have just buried it.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Homeowner 40 years ago: “honey, I have 20 bags of concrete left over. What should I do with it?”

    “Well the kids said they wanted a basketball goal..”

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I removed the pole itself last summer,
    It sure would have been nice to have that pole as leverage.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You should hit the pole with the sledge instead of the concrete
    Not only will it fracture much quicker but will also stop concrete chunks from going flying

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Blessed thread.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    this has more concrete than the structural supports of my home

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Oh look, its the guy who drives around to old ladies houses and offers his "services" to cut the hoops down so he can scrap the poles.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Id make some black powder, drill a few holes with a gammer drill and blasted it into smaller manageable pieces.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Basically this. Drill holes and empty a few shotgun shells into it. Better yet, pack it with tannerite.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Threads like this make me glad i have a backhoe, excavator, and several loaders to make use of.

  23. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Whatever works

  24. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dig a ramp since you clearly like digging
    Tie it to car
    Drag it out if there

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a house with an adventure playground in the garden - it used to be a nursery - so I had to do this about 5 times. All I needed was timber for leverage and an SDS drill. The hardest job was moving a fucking half buried tractor tire but some crossfit nutter took it away once I had it out of the ground kek

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