I have a set of permanent, steel bollards set into a small concrete slab that I need to remove, in order make room to build a small structure. The steel is 1/4" thick, and the bollards themselves are open on top and filled to the rim with concrete.

I'm looking for suggestions on the best way (cheapest + quickest) to accomplish this. At the moment, the best idea I have come up with is using a blowtorch and sledgehammer.

For those of you who need a picture, this attached picture is about as close to what I'm dealing with as I can find.

Thanks for your help.

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  • Is it okay to destroy the concrete platform?
    – wallyk
    Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 2:31
  • Perhaps partially, but my intention is to use the existing slab as a foundation for the new structure.
    – blackappy
    Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 2:32

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Use (if you can fit it on) or replicate the function of a "lally column cutter" - I suspect replicate the function will be the better bet - use a cutoff disk in an angle grinder to score a line around the base of the steel (not a piddly little score, ideally - deepish, but it need not hit concrete) and then smack the top of the column. Enjoy the power of "stress concentration" as the steel snaps at the score-line, and the concrete will go with it.

Be sure that your new structure provides adequate protection to whatever you are building a structure over (I'm gathering the hydrant is an example, not the actual thing) if being plowed into by a vehicle remains an issue; which presumably is why there are bollards there in the first place.

  • Excellent suggestion. I will try this.
    – blackappy
    Commented Oct 26, 2014 at 5:20

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