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28 May Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Recycle, Repurpose, Deconstruct

Recycle, Repurpose, Deconstruct

House DemolitionPreparing for home demolition goes beyond removing the furniture and fixtures. There are actually several steps that should be taken to salvage potentially valuable items from the property before the structure is torn down. Whether you are planning a home demolition or commercial demolition, here are a few demolition preparation tips to keep in mind.


Copper tubing is one of the interior valuable items that may be recycled before a structure is demolished. Check with local recycling companies to find out what they are paying for this commodity and any others that may be found inside the home.


Inspecting a house before tearing it down can reveal some valuable treasures. For example, historic doors or intact windows can be removed and either refinished or reused in their current condition for redecorating your home or selling online. Buyers love finding older items like these that can add a piece of history to a house from a similar time period or simply function as a decorator piece.


A deserted structure may still have a few valuables to take apart or deconstruct, such as antique bricks from the basement or chimney and sidewalk slabs from a bygone era. Old faucets that are still in good condition can be removed, along with wall sconces, stair rails, and other odd pieces that are serviceable for other locations. Light fixtures and floorboards can be removed, along with wall tiles and fireplace mantels. Many people are looking to buy things like this that are otherwise hard to find.

It is always a good idea to take a final walk-through in a home or office that is slated for demolition. Although at first glance it may seem bare and empty, a second look may lead to the discovery and recovery of valuable commodities.

06 May Posted by in Demolition, Home and family | Comments Off on Safety Before You Dig

Safety Before You Dig

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goiwara / Pixabay

Planning a home improvement project can be very exciting and there’s the excitement of something new, along with the anticipation of making your current home even closer to your dream home. However, your excitement and anticipation should always be tempered by the thought of demolition safety. If you have to dig, you should always be wary of digging close to utility lines.

When you have to dig for your home demolition or improvement project, you should always have your local utility company come out and mark on the ground the location of all the utility lines in the area. This will allow you to avoid cutting the lines. It will keep you and everyone working with you safe.

Also, it will keep your project on schedule. If you cut the utility lines, your project will likely be called to a halt while the utility company takes care of the repairs. You may also face a fine or a penalty from the company for the damages.

It is probably a good idea to have the lines marked prior to planning your project. This would allow you to plan around the location of the lines completely. Any project that involves digging, even if you think there couldn’t possibly be any utility lines anywhere nearby, should not be attempted before you have the lines marked.

You should also not assume that you know how deep the lines are buried. You may think that you shouldn’t need to worry about the lines because you are only digging six inches into the ground. However, it is still a good idea to have the lines marked as a precaution, and to avoid the lines even if you need only a small hole. In matters like this, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

11 Jul Posted by in Blog, Demolition, Excavation, Grading, Land Clearing, Sod, Tree Removal | Comments Off on Crew Protection is a Top Priority

Crew Protection is a Top Priority

Crew SafetyCrew Protection Is Everyone’s Business

Businesses with crews working in a local residential area take precautions of insuring worker safety and protection through costly liability policies. Crew protection should be a top priority for everyone, including residents and drivers in or near locations where land is cleared, trees are removed or sod is installed or replaced. Help protect crews. Be ready to cooperate with the work to be done. In this way, residents, drivers and crews are simultaneously protected from injury and everyone can return home safely. Safety first always includes common courtesy initiatives and cooperation.

Be Aware, Spread the Word and Play It Safe

Often, local municipalities do not alert residents and drivers in advance of specific work projects in progress. This creates a bit of animosity toward crews charged with the duties of completing their work efficiently, expediently and effectively. Removing trees can be extremely dangerous. Crews take safety measures to insure that limbs of trees are removed without additional damage to the work area. New construction and land clearing always mandates the use of heavy duty equipment. It’s common courtesy to remain far away from these work areas to insure personal safety and the safety of working crews. These types of jobs require intense concentration on each phase of the work. Unnecessary interruptions by residents or drivers attempting to pass through work areas disrupt workflow and become dangerous to crews. Be aware of work to be done in your area. If work has already begun, call your local municipality for details and ask what your responsibilities to crew safety may be. Then, play it safe and spread the word to neighbors and local schools located in the work area. This will increase your personal safety and that of the crew. Safety first is always the top priority.


13 Jun Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Demolition Done Without Danger

Demolition Done Without Danger

Dangers of DemolitionAlthough demolition is a step in new construction that has become fairly common place in large cities and revitalization projects, there are still plenty of risks that are present with each and every project. Demolition contractors take a number of action steps to ensure that each project goes as planned and that the safety of workers and the surrounding community are maintained. Reducing the danger involves extensive preparatory operations that relate to the integrity of the building and the ideal methods for bringing it down.

Initially, an engineering survey is done in order to determine the current physical integrity of the building itself. This information plays a big part in formulating the strategy for demolishing the building safely and efficiently. These surveys will let contractors know if the shoring of walls, bracing, and other safety precautions must be made before continuing forward. Following this step, the contractor must locate all utilities linked to the building concerned. Electric, gas, water, sewer, and other municipal services must be shut off in order to prevent unpredicted occurrences during the final stages of demolition.

At this point, the community plays its part in maintaining the safety of surrounding buildings and citizens. Medical services, police, and fire departments are put on notice as the work moves forward. Each of the managers on the demolition site are given direct access to these services, and they are briefed with the most direct routes to hospitals and other emergency facilities. All sites are also equipped with extensive first-aid kits so that any injury can be treated to some extent immediately before any further help arrives. The police and fire department also play key roles in regulating the behavior of the public surrounding the project. Preventing vandalism, smoking near the site, and controlling any crowds at the moment of the demolition are valuable services that allow the project manager to proceed with the highest level of safety possible.


30 May Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on The Top 5 Reasons to Demolish a House

The Top 5 Reasons to Demolish a House

House DemolitionPeople often see a seemingly perfect house sitting there one day and demolished the next. They often ask themselves why a homeowner would destroy a perfectly good building. Here are five reasons for home demolition projects.

Old: Some people must demolish the house when it is too old. When owning an ancient house, it may not be financially viable to fix the problems.

Land: In some areas, it is difficult for a buyer to find any land to build a home. For example, in beach areas, wealthy people often by old buildings and destroy them to build a mansion. In most wealthy areas, this is the greatest reason for residential demolition.

Infestation: When a homeowner cannot control an animal infestation, he or she may resort to demolition. While this is an extreme example, it is necessary when the problem is out of control.

Dangerous: Some buildings are inherently unsafe. While some problems are fixable, it is often too costly to repair an unstable foundation.

Local governments: Some homeowners opt to do a partial demolition on their residence. They do this for strategic reasons. Often local governments will not allow a person to demolish their entire house due to local regulations. This is a drastic step that wealthy people take when they want to stay within the bounds of laws.

Fortunately, a homeowner can prevent his or her residence from becoming one of the many problem houses. When staying up-to-date and modernizing the house, a property owner should not have to destroy his or her home.


18 Apr Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Requirements for House Demolition

Requirements for House Demolition

Home DemolitionThe decision to demolish a house can be stressful. A house demolition happens when a home has been all but destroyed by time, weather or an accident. Demolition also takes place when the land is more valuable without the current structure than with it. Demolishing a house takes more than simply starting up a bulldozer and slamming into the structure to knock it down. There are steps to take for safe house demolition.

Professional Work

Not everyone is qualified to demolish buildings. It takes experience and training in order to make the different parts of the structure come down without harming persons or machines. A professional crew knows how to take down the structure and clear it way with the most efficient and environmentally-friend methods. Professionals understand and use the highest standards of safety, which is why it is important to hire professionals.


There are any number of legal requirements that must be met in order to gain permission to demolish a house. Be sure you have all the permits required before starting any demolition. Property inspection is often a part of the process as is a plan for future land use. 

Prior Precautions

Before demolition, the house is stripped of furnishings and anything the owner wishes to salvage. This may be windows, molding or other items that can be recycled. Of course, utilities are disconnected. Pollutants and hazards, such as asbestos, is also removed in an environmentally safe procedure. 


Once the house is stripped of salvageable items and hazards, demolition takes place. Smaller structures, like houses, are simply pulled down using a bulldozer, cranes, excavators or hydraulic equipment. Demolition crews weaken the base of the house at strategic points in order to control how the building collapses and the direction walls fall.

Left Overs

There are recycling requirements that state debris must be disposed of or recycled properly and according to environmental and other laws.



05 Apr Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Demolition: Crane and Ball

Demolition: Crane and Ball

Crane and Ball DemolitionCrane and ball demolition is one of the oldest demolition methods devised and is still commonly used all across the United States. Whether it is to bring down an entire concrete structure or to demolish part of a building in preparation for new construction, this demolition method remains fast and cost effective.

When to Use a Ball and Crane for Demolition

In many cases, crane and ball demolition is used when only a part of a structure is to be demolished or when the surrounding area makes explosive demolition techniques unsafe to use. The ability to effectively control the wrecking ball makes it easy to demolish the building one part at a time, without endangering workers who might otherwise have to enter the structure.

Additionally, buildings that contain large amounts of asbestos are often demolished by crane and ball techniques rather than by explosive implosion due to the danger of creating a large amount of asbestos dust. By using a wrecking ball, it becomes possible to demolish the building in such a way as to not release hazardous quantities of asbestos into the atmosphere.

Safety Precautions

Because the wrecking ball is connected to the crane via a chain, care must be taken when operating it to control the direction of its swing. Missing the target can often lead to the crane being overturned by the force of the ball’s swing. In some cases, the operator may even accidentally cause the ball to strike the control cabin of the crane, leading to severe injury or death. For these reasons, the area must be cleared before demolition operations begin and all crane operators must be fully trained in how to use a wrecking ball.

The Outcome of Demolition

Crane and ball demolition is an excellent method to demolish concrete and brick structures. In addition to its other strengths, wrecking balls leave the rubble conveniently sized for removal from the site. Furthermore, this method of demolition requires less site preparation than explosive demolition and is more labor efficient than hand demolition. For these reasons, crane and ball demolition will continue to remain popular in the United States.


21 Feb Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on Deconstruction: A Green Type of Demolition

Deconstruction: A Green Type of Demolition


Sustainable Methods

Individuals who enjoy architecture have often entered dilapidated buildings to reclaim valuable stained glass windows, detailed metal fixtures and carved wooden objects. These rare and highly crafted items are often reused while constructing new buildings. However, environmentalists concerned about green sustainability are now suggesting deconstruction methods for the majority of a building’s materials during a demolition.

Importance of Deconstruction

Environmentalists believe that workers who demolish buildings can find ways to reuse or recycle most materials instead of adding trash to landfills. The process of deconstruction is a vital environmentally safe method of demolition. Demolition experts remove windows, doors, flooring, metal and other materials to reuse in new structures. Alternatively, objects that are not appropriate for new structures are taken to recycling centers.

Recycling Materials

Recycling centers now have many ways to breakdown materials to enable total repurposing. The new sustainable deconstruction process reduces waste of old materials while preserving attractive architectural items. Deconstruction techniques are safer for the environment in several ways. In the past, demolition crews destroyed old structures with wrecking balls or explosive device methods.

Avoiding Pollution 

This type of demolition creates piles of worthless junk that are hauled to landfills. As buildings are destroyed with explosive devices or wrecking ball techniques, the air, water and ground is polluted with dangerous chemicals. Harmful lead, asbestos and other materials from old-fashioned demolition methods disperse causing health conditions such as respiratory illnesses. 

Helping the Economy

As the earth’s resources are becoming more depleted finding ways to recycle metal, stone, wood and other materials is imperative. Architects are also preparing for the future by creating designs for green environmentally friendly buildings that are easier to deconstruct when they are no longer needed. Deconstruction methods also assist communities and the economy by offering additional jobs to demolition experts.


07 Feb Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on What to Expect With a Commercial Demolition

What to Expect With a Commercial Demolition

Commercial DemolitionWhen hiring a company for demolition work on your commercial property, there are certain details that you should come to expect from the crew you hire. The fact that you may have to close down your business, or temporarily relocate your office, for a short time, can be overwhelming, but you should be able to take comfort in knowing that a professional demolition team will provide the following when they deliver their services.

First, estimates should be accurate. While it is true that something may come up, such as a rotten section of plywood beneath your flooring, or termite-damaged studs behind sheet rock, the short extension (if any) and the extra materials needed should not bring your costs up too much.

Second, you can expect the team you hire to have at least one member who is experienced when dealing with site safety matters and hazardous materials, such as asbestos and lead. The crew is not going to leave your site because of preventable accidents that come about from people not wearing gloves, goggles, or safety boots.

Third, a commercial demolition team will be very efficient without being careless. While it may take the careful hands of a craftsman to put the finishing touches on your waiting room or entryway, demolition teams will be able to tear through your project with speed and precision while not hurting the value of your investment.

Lastly, while demo work may be messy, a good team never leaves a mess. When the job is finished, all scrap should be cleared out, debris hauled off, and dust swept up so that the next crew to work on the property can do so without any initial distractions.

A demo team that does not fulfill these expectations should expect not to be hired.


27 Dec Posted by in Blog, Demolition | Comments Off on How Shears are Used For Demolition

How Shears are Used For Demolition

Hydraulic ShearsDemolition is a process of tearing down old infrastructures to replace them with new buildings. Since demolition is capital intensive and requires a lot of manpower, it is usually initiated by a big private company or the government. The entire demolition process is conducted using various devices and equipment such as bulldozers, wrecking balls, cranes and shears.

Of all the equipment above, hydraulic shears are the most commonly used in the demolition process. Shaped like a hydraulic breaker with metal jaws, it is usually fitted to mechanical excavators or backhoes. Apart from general demolition, it is also frequently used for roadwork, quarrying and laying the groundwork for construction. Hydraulic shears can cut through rock, concrete, steel and wood. It is the perfect tool for demolition in instances where the use of flame cutting would be dangerous.

Several days before the actual demolition takes place, the site is thoroughly inspected and properly cleared. Safety checks are conducted. Before a building is razed, hydraulic excavators are used to topple it via an undermining process to control the direction in which the building falls. Walls are then constructed around the parameter of the building’s base. Concrete deck and piers are removed using hoe rams while structural steel elements are dismantled using hydraulic shears.

Newer methods make use of rotational hydraulic shears to speed up the demolition process. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine tearing down a huge infrastructure without the use of hydraulic shears.