Buying a jackhammer for ripping up a flooring at home isn’t cost effective, with prices running $1,000, due to this date of publication. But renting and having a jackhammer is more than simply laying your money down and taking one house. Safety equipment is compulsory. Jackhammers are dangerous if misused, but with care and the ideal technique, it is going to remove a flooring faster than any other hand-held tool.
Dress in clothing and boots.
Plug the compressor to the electric socket for a pneumatic jackhammer permit it to begin to fill with air. Attach the compression hoses into the compressor and into the hammer unit by pulling back to the hose nut with your fingers and forcing it over the nipple. Release. An electric jackhammer does not need a compressor. It works by plugging it .
Mark the area to be removed with a paint or chalk line.
Put on safety goggles, hearing protection and a breathing mask.
Attach the correct piece to the jackhammer by sliding it into the correct hole and tighten it down with the provided screws or chuck. You are probably going to begin with the chisel bit to make the first hole in the concrete.
Position yourself in front of the area to be jackhammered. Keep your feet balanced and roughly 45 degrees apart. Hold the jackhammer up before you with both hands securely on the grips. Don’t allow it to lean to any side.
Put the jackhammer over the center of the floor area with the weight of it resting on the chisel bit. Switch it on. Don’t force the machine downward; instead, allow it to go up and down alone, which does the work with its weight.
Change the piece to the spade bit after the initial hole is punched to the concrete. The spade bit is much bigger in diameter and may break off large pieces at one time.
Put the spade bit blade close to the border of the center hole and turn back the hammer on. Continue to split chunks of concrete off back toward the border of the area to be removed. If the blade is too much back from the center hole, it might bind in the concrete. Stop the hammer and then move the blade should this happen. Trial and error will show you the optimum placement for the blade to reduce the largest possible parts of concrete from the floor.
Discontinue if necessary to remove the cracked concrete from around your cutting area with a shovel and set it into a wheelbarrow to be moved as necessary. A bolt or rebar cutter may be required to free up the concrete if the floor was reinforced.
Permit the jackhammer to come into a complete break after turning it off prior to removing your palms. Always rest the jackhammer in a erect posture.