Ledge hammering or ledge blasting – which is better?
Nobody knows why they call New Hampshire “The Granite State” more than excavation companies. One of the first pieces of equipment we invested in early were ledge removal hammers for our excavators. There’s nothing worse than having a large rock stop a construction project in its tracks – especially on commercial excavation sites, when scheduling is critical. Our ledge removal services have been a great success since we began offering them in 2002. Not only does this specialized equipment provide efficiency in our own operations, it also enables us to work for contractors, municipalities, and even other excavation companies in New Hampshire who do not have the ability to remove ledge.
Ledge blasting or ledge hammering? If you’ve ever seen the road construction work along interstate highways in New Hampshire, you would assume that hiring a ledge blasting company is the best way to get rid of ledge. But this is not the always the case. Ledge blasting works well in larger areas. It is certainly more cost-effective in highway construction than hammering. In a residential setting, however, blasting ledge can be problematic. Often times the work area is limited, and concerns from neighbors about foundation cracks or well contamination in their own homes, adds an unnecessary element of uncertainty to an otherwise simple project.
Surprises are not always a good thing. Like tearing out a wall in a home remodeling project, digging a hole in the ground to put in a foundation, septic system, or even a simple utility trench, can uncover an obstacle that was unforeseen in the original estimate. At Steve Sarette & Son Excavation, we try to inform our customers as much as possible during the estimating process to avoid surprises when the job is underway. Ledge is one of those conditions that cannot be predicted. In our contracts you will see a provision regarding ledge. We feel it is better that our clients know about it upfront. So, what’s the good news? We are prepared to remove the obstacle quickly and affordably because we own the equipment necessary to provide ledge hammering services at a moment’s notice – with no surprises!
Hammering ledge can be a better approach than blasting, however, keep in mind that ledge is unpredictable. There is the occasional rare instance where hammering services will not do. You can have a shaley ledge that breaks up easily and other times you can have a really hard ledge that requires blasting services.