Demolition is the intentional tear-down of buildings either manually or mechanically.
There are a number of methods that can be employed for demolition depending on the size, location, and the type of structure being worked on:
1. High reach
A high reach excavator is the most readily used equipment for demolition. A number of tools can be attached to the end of the excavator depending on the desired task (i.e., cutting, crushing, or pulling down the building altogether).
The extendable feature of the excavator makes it easy to work on the tallest of buildings. Best of all, with this method’s use, contractors have more control over the demolition process.
Implosion is a hazardous strategy for demolition as it makes use of explosives. This causes the entire structure to collapse within a matter of minutes with just a touch of the button. Contractors spend much time planning and preparing an implosion demolition to minimize its impact on the environment.
The demolition industry has largely shifted its focus onto recycling in recent times to tackle the giant pile of waste.
The waste materials include concrete, bricks, wood, metal (such as piping), plaster and drywall (such as gypsum), windows and glass, debris (such as rubble, tile, and asphalt), and other landscape waste.
Construction and demolition recycling is a $7.4 billion industry in itself, with approximately 90 percent of the debris resulting from demolition projects. It’s possible to recycle concrete, wood, masonry, and asphalt. Recycling helps conserve finite resources, reduces freight charges, and has the potential to create an economic impact with reprocessed materials and greater employment opportunities.
This method limits the usage of machinery and strives to safeguard as much material as possible for recycling. Selective demolition is most commonly used for interior demolition or partial demolition.
4. Wrecking ball
Remember when Miley Cyrus said, “I came in like a wrecking ball, all I wanted was to break your walls”?
The crane and ball technique is essentially that, making it the most iconic symbol of the demolition industry. Unfortunately, this isn’t used all that much anymore because it’s hazardous to have a giant crane swing a heavyweight ball through the air that results in a cloud of dust, intense vibrations, and loud noises.
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