Meet Little Jack

This weekend marked a significant milestone in our lives here at the Little House – one we weren’t sure we were ready for yet. We’ve dreamed of it, imagined it, and thought that someday in the not-too-distant future we’d try to make it happen.

For now, we thought, it’s too much of a responsibility. We don’t have enough experience – and what if we screw up?

And then suddenly, unexpectedly it happened.

A thrill ran though us and we just knew. It wasn’t how we planned for it to happen, but we were ready.

We rented our first jackhammer. Meet little Jack.

Remember the bar we tore down here? All that was left standing was a 5″ thick rebar reinforced concrete pad (why the previous owner built it to withstand hurricane force winds, I have no idea).

We tried breaking it up with a sledgehammer, only to find out that it was rebar reinforced. If we were to break it out by hand, it would have taken all day. And since I can barely lift the big sledgehammer, let alone swing it hard enough to bust Godzilla-proof concrete slabs, Kevin would have had to do all the work.

Not worth it.

A quick call to the local Home Depot Tool Rental department told us that we could rent a jackhammer for four hours for $50. I’ve always wanted to use a jackhammer. It’s like the ultimate power tool. And renting one would save Kevin hours of work and a sore everything later. The verdict?

Worth it.

The jackhammer was surprisingly easy to use. You just plug it in, slide in the bit, and pull the trigger. Boom. No more concrete.

Notice the safety glasses and ear plugs. This guy was LOUD and there were bits of concrete flying around everywhere.

It took us less than an hour to completely bust up that little concrete pad and we didn’t even break a sweat – totally worth the $50 rental fee.

We now have a large, unbroken expanse of yard dirt where we can build the patio.

We’ve decided to go ahead and build the patio before tearing out structure #2. We want to be able to enjoy Dallas’ gorgeous fall weather out back on our own gorgeous crushed granite patio.

Don’t worry though, this guy is still going down. We just have to figure out how…

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever used a jackhammer? Any ideas on hot to tear down structure #2?


  1. Kristen says:

    You definitely fooled me with the beginning of your post haha! I have never used a jackhammer, but maybe one day!

    This weekend, Joe tackled some of our Fall to-do list :)

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      We could have rented his big brother (a 70 pounder), but we went with little Jack (only 35 lbs). He was more than big enough to do he job!

      It’s hard work, but it’s so fun!

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