There are a number of reasons why you may find it necessary to remove a concrete sidewalk, patio, or walkway on your property. For example, you may need to create a stone path, extend or create a garden, or add sod for landscaping. Removing concrete is simple, although there is no doubt that it can be very hard work. Try to work with a friend or two to make the project go more quickly and efficiently.
Remove a Concrete Sidewalk
After putting on your protective gloves and goggles, take your sledgehammer and deliver a strong blow to the edge of the concrete. It may take several blows to crack the sidewalk.
Once cracks appear, move inward from the breaks toward the center and continue until all of the concrete has been broken into many smaller pieces.
Lay down the sledgehammer and use the pick axe to pry loose any stubborn concrete pieces that resist removal.
When the fragments seem loose, pick up the smaller pieces and place them into the wheelbarrow.
Use your shovel to remove the larger chunks of concrete from the ground and place them also into the wheelbarrow.