DIY Concrete Installations - effective ways to get it done correctly the first time you try

DIY Concrete Installations – effective ways to get it done correctly the first time you try

One of the significant challenges with an installation is having a job that deals with concrete. Concrete installations will require core-drilling the holes into your concrete base and setting the posts with a rapid set grout. Given that this involves drilling into concrete, it can be much more risky than simply attaching to a timber deck. A choice here is to have your fence line marked out, the position of where every single post or spigot (mini-post) also marked clearly and then to get the professional services of a concrete cutter. This would remove the need to hire or purchase an expensive concrete core-drill and most concrete cutting/drilling companies will generally give you a price per hole that you want cut.

Concrete Installations Core-drilling Tips

Basic safety is always very important! So if you do choose to drill the holes on your own please keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Always guarantee your core-drill is safe to use mechanically and has no breaks or splits in the electrical connection.
  • If using the hand-held range make sure that the cable will not be twisted around any part of your body or nearby structures.
  • If using the portable machine version with a pedestal, see to it that the area around the drill body is clear of any debris and or other building products.
  • * Important * Always ensure that the core drill bit is vertical and that it can run down the full depth of the hole without going to one side. This is vital because if the drill piece does go slightly off the vertical axis it will snag on the edge of the hole and throw the drill. This can cause considerable injuries to the operator.
  • Before drilling ensure there is adequate supply of water to the drill and the water is activated, not only at the tap but on the core drill tool also.
  • When drilling, keep the downward resistance up to the drill. If there is inadequate pressure applied, the drill bit will not cut downward, if there is too much force applied then the core-drill bit may cut a bit quicker but the bit will lose its edge swiftly and not last.
  • After the core has actually been drilled and you have a round opening into the concrete, the core can be removed sometimes with a delicate tap with a metal hammer on a slight angle. If it doesn’t come loose using this then try to edge a small cold chisel into the gap and softly tap it so to not ruin the concrete or tiles, or whatever your surface is.
  • Some concrete will have steel reinforcement set in the concrete and this may be grabbing as you try to remove the core. It is best to little by little increase the force of your tapping with the cold chisel up until it comes loose. This will ensure there is no collateral damage to the encircling floor.
  • Once the core has come loose from the bottom then you can just simply lift it out. If you can’t get an adequate grip then would recommend using a pair of metal kitchen tongs to grab the sides of the core. If it still doesn’t want to come out then it is quite likely that it is still fastened by some reinforcing steel. Complete the drilling procedure in the same hole.

If you wish to find out more about DIY Concrete installations, or get some recommendations about other types of pool fencing, call us on 1300 937 902 and take a look at a few of our fencing success stories.

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