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Chuck in Kansas    Posted 09-21-2003 at 06:46:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a silo that is constructed from tongue and groove concrete blocks, and held together with steel rods wrapped around the outside. The rods are spaced about every 12 to 18 inches. The silo is about 45 foot tall. I would like to demolish the silo, but I do not want to kill myself. Does anyone have an idea on a good way to demolish the silo. I would like to save the concrete blocks if possible.

OH Boy    Posted 09-23-2003 at 09:06:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tore one of these down last year on some property I bought.

1) loosen all the steel bands along the bottom, as high up as you can reach.

2) Starting at a doorway, go over about 4-5 feet and pound a hole through one of the blocks.

3) take a LONG log chain and put it through the hole, bring it back out the door, and hook it on itself.

4) Pull out the section of blocks with a tractor or a truck. I used my pickup truck.

5) after you pull a section out, make another hole 4-5 feet over and pull it out.

6) Repeat

I had to get a little over half way around the base of it before the whole silo dropped, and it fell in a neat little heap.

Be sure you use a real long chain so you, your truck, and everything else are well out of the drop zone when you are doing this.

Larry806    Posted 09-21-2003 at 19:32:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have taken a few of them down You can use a sledge hammer Just like a axe chopping a tree You can lay it just about where you want it. Believe it or not most of the staves arn't hurt much I have sidewalks made from them We use them like a small patio for the picnic table Don't have to move it to mow

Sid    Posted 09-21-2003 at 07:25:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seem that a lot of scaffold work would be required or You would need a manlift to work out of. If I was going to do it myself and wanted to save the blocks I would rent a boom type manlift start at the top and cut the rods then dismantle it by hand( I do not think the blocks are mortared in). The safest way would more than likely be to hire some one bonded and insured that has the right equipment do it.

Dave Smith    Posted 09-21-2003 at 08:54:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When they took these silos down, They just climbed up and took them apart. They did use safety lines. They spread loose hay around the silo and droped one at a time into the hay. Only broke about a half dozen. They guys on the botom have to be sure to stay out of the way.
Dave <*)))><

Dave Smith    Posted 09-21-2003 at 06:51:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ask some of the local farmers if they want it. We had two silos and a local farmer took both and made one bigger silo. He had a local silo company do it and he saved some big money. But then you have the foundation to contend with.
Dave <*)))><

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