Demolishing an Old Garage
We were hired by a customer in Wilkes-Barre who had an old, garage on his property. He was getting fines from the city because the garage had structural damage. Unfortunately, this garage was not repairable and the decision was made to demolish it. Demolishing a garage may seem like the nuclear option, but is often times more cost-effective than trying to repair it.
This was a tricky job because there was very little access to the rear of the property where the old garage sat. In addition, the garage was nested between 2 other buildings. The garage wall was compromised, which made the demolition process even trickier.
To safely take down an old garage, we use the mantra “bigger is better”. What that means is that it is wise to use the largest machine possible to demolish a structure because you have more control.
When you have a collapsing garage sitting between two other buildings, losing control of the garage can be devastating. We decided to bring in a Komatsu PC88 Excavator, which is the perfect sized machine for projects such as these.
Taking Down the Garage
As you can see in the video above, a lot of precaution and safety measures were taken to ensure this demolition project was a success. We had to constantly monitor the position of the garage in relation to the other buildings. The trick was getting the garage to fall directly forward without “blowing out” the side walls.
Once the garage was on the ground, the next step was to clean it up. Normally, we place a 40 yard dumpster right next to the debris pile and simply load it up. Due to the tight access of the driveway and house, we were only able to get 15 yard dumpsters in there. This required us to “grind up” the material more so it would all fit in 4, 15 yard dumpsters.
The next step was to clean up all the old cinderblock from the foundation walls. We brought in our Caterpillar 262D skid steer to assist with this part of the project. Within 2 hours, the whole pile of cinderblocks was removed and hauled away.
A New Yard
Now that the garage was demolished and all the debris was cleaned up, our customer can enjoy his new yard. We left the concrete pad so there is a safe, solid space to park vehicles. In addition, his yard doubled in size! Demolishing an old, unsafe structure on your property can completely transform your land as well as increase property values!
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Demolition Contractors
If you have an old garage or other structure on your property, give A+ Enterprises Demolition a call. We are fully licensed & insured demolition contractors in both Scranton, PA and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Our company serves a 100 mile radius of Wyoming, PA and can handle any-sized demolition project.
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- Julianne Cusick
Very professional and efficient. Came on short notice. Very nice guys. Extremely good job done swiftly.
The A+ Crew led by Joe G were very courteous and professional.I highly recommend A+ without any hesitation
2/11/2020Mark Van Dyke
I can't say enough about Sal. He was very patient, knowledgeable, and went out of his way to ensure my company was taken care of. I absolutely recommend anyone to use this company. They get in and out very quickly and offer a great price. They also stick to their word which is very rare now-a-days!
- Erin G
Fantastic customer service. Sal was on time, very responsive to messages and professional. The price for the dumpster was very reasonable also. I have had issues with other junk removal companies in the past and wish I had found them sooner. I will definitely use them again in the future.
Very nice to deal with. Showed up promptly. Worked throughout the entire day. Did a fabulous job! Would highly recommend.
I got a 100% accurate estimate from the owner and he dispatched a crew to clean out my house the next day (!). The guys were professional and very nice and personable, making a tough situation much easier to handle. Moreover, they worked until the job was done way over my expectations. This company has the best prices in our area and they are complete pros. I would recommend them to anyone...don't hesitate and call A+ first! They will be my first call in the future!Added 3/1/2020: So 18 months later I had to clean out a 2nd floor apartment and 3rd floor attic. This attic was stuffed floor to ceiling with junk and the apartment full of furniture. Sal had a crew there within 24 hrs of my call and cleaned it out in ONE DAY! They even swept up and went through with garbage cans to completely clean the house. I value good service and A+ always delivers...I recommend them to my friends and family and have now used them 3 times. Each time the price is far less than I expected and the work is way better than I'd expect. If you have a job that you're afraid to deal with...call them!!!!! It is the best call you'll ever make! They have always come through for me. Thank you!!!!
- R K
Sal and his team are amazing! They came and did a clean out the same day I called. They are honest, flexible, quick, and professional. They are worth every penny they charge. I wouldn't consider calling anyone else.Ryan K.
Fast service, excellent price. Picked up on the same morning that we called.Will definately recommend and call again. Sal was very professional.Guys who showed up at our home were professional as well.We prefer to use local companies and this is one we expect to keep on our list.
EXTREMELY PLEASANT AND PROFESSIONAL! Gave them a call to remove some old furniture and assorted boxes of junk. They said the had a crew in my area the next morning and could be here at 9am. Arrived right at 9 on the dot and got straight to work. They battled through all my cobwebs and work quick and efficiently. No trouble or damage from moving some big items in narrow areas. The price they quoted was great value for all the work they did. I have already and will continue to HIGHLY recommend them.
- Tara Piech
I would rate over 5 stars if I could. A+ Enterprises is definitely A+! When we called them we were surprised to hear that they do same-day service, and they arrived quickly. The owner, Sal, is a wonderful guy who is honest and friendly. Everybody works very efficiently and is professional. Can't recommend them enough!
Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended! I recently moved to Pennsylvania and purchased a fixer upper in Luzern County. I had a large pile of debris from the house that I needed to get rid of. I called A+ Junk Removal and spoke with Sal. He was extremely professional and very personable. He was able to work with my schedule which was greatly appreciated. Sal also contacted me through text to remind me of my scheduled appointment. Joe and Andrew showed up on time to give me an estimate for my junk pile. They gave me a great price and got right to work. Both Joe and Andrew were very polite and extremely professional. Very friendly as well. They did an amazing job! I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to come and do this job for me. I am extremely appreciative for Sal, Joe and Andrew. I highly recommend this company and will definitely use them again on the future. Thank you so much A+ Enterprises!
These guys are the best! Very professional and super courteous and easy to work with! We had a tight space to get it into driveway and they made it look easy and didnt even leave a scratch !! Great prices too!! Thanks for helping us out!!! John and Maryjo
- Daryl Williams
I got a 100% accurate estimate from the owner and he dispatched a crew to clean out my house the next day (!). The guys were professional and very nice and personable, making a tough situation much easier to handle. Moreover, they worked until the job was done way over my expectations. This company has the best prices in our area and they are complete pros. I would recommend them to anyone...don't hesitate and call A+ first! They will be my first call in the future!
Top notch. I called and spoke with a Guy named Sal. Very friendly and excellent Customer Service, 100%. I was set up in minutes. The pricing was great. Delivered it next day. When it was time for pick up I advised that I would be working and not able to hear the door so just knock hard. I went out on my Lunch break wondering what the heck? And the Dumpster was gone. Great service. Great Price. I called about 6 Dumpster Rental places and of all of them, A+ Was definitely the best and Props to Sal. Great Service. Truly is A+
AMAZING!!! 30 years of junk in a HUGE truck garage. We could not have done this job without A+ Enterprises. Thanks to Sal, Joe and the entire staff. I've never met in this day and age such HARD WORKERS!!! Also extremely polite and professional. I HIGHLY recommend this company to everyone. My rating is A+++++++++++