Originally Posted by turfmaster
Are you pushing the footing to loosen them up and then scooping them out Andy?
Is there a way to pull them straight out?
I'm thinking of renting a small Bobcat for this job because I need to move fill and top soil to the area where the pool was anyway.
It really depends on how they were built.
If they are round and poured in a sauna tube, take a bobcat or mini, wrap a 3/8" chain around the top and using the bucket on the bobcat or mini, pull them straight up. Now when I built decks I would pour a square 8" thick slab at the bottom, set the tube in this concrete before it set then fill the tube, in this case you need to dig around them, thus the one hour per footing quote.
If they are square I suspect they have a base in which case you will need to dig around them.
Now the cheapest way to do this is to dig on one side of the footing all the way down and puch the footing into the hole.
Not sure about there but the dump here will not accept construction materials, we have to haul to a demolition depot, they charge $125.00 a load so we hire The Junk Remover, I load it in their truck or dump trailer, they charge me a wholesale rate of $100.00, far better option for us, no idea what they do with the stuff they haul for us.