And unless you are already an inept physical invalid, a hammer will put no one in the hospital for a 10-20 minute exercise in smacking off of several hundred concrete ties....
I'm a general contractor. The old foundation crew I used would use the flat metal ties. . .maybe 1/8" thick by 1.5" wide. That style of tie would usually snap with 1-2 hits of a hammer side to side. The crew that I have been using for the last 10 years or so use the wire type where once their forms are pulled, become 2 small wires sticking out about 1.5". These type are WAY harder to break off, plus there seem to be a million of them. This style does take hours to break with definite arm weakness kicking in from the endless hammer swinging.
I'm in the middle of it now. And while I do not do this for a living I can assure you that snapping these particular ones off with a couple of hammer blows is not an option. They bend over, like a nail. Then you can twist them and they usually break off about 1/8 to 1/4 under the surface of the concrete. If the entire tie twists through the wall then you have to bend them back the other way and then they will break. Based on the discussion here there must be a couple of different varieties that take more or less effort to break off. I have the more difficult ones, to be sure.
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