Concrete drilling and floor sawing are two common mechanical processes done for most home improvements. The so called “power tools” are used for these procedures because the materials are compact and often thick. These special tools are required to ensure that proper drilling or sawing can be done on specific kinds of surfaces like concrete and floors whether it’s wooden, tiled or just plain cemented.
Many plan their own home improvement and rely on manuals, magazines or do-it-yourself guides in buying their materials and tools as well as in doing the actual changes in their houses. If you are one of them, you should also make sure that you get enough information on safety measures before doing any concrete drilling and floor sawing. Keep in mind that both these processes require the use of hard materials too: diamonds for the drill bits and sharp blades for floor saws. For starters, a basic guide is provided below:
Read the user’s manual for correct operation and positioning of the tool. There are different types of drill bits for different solid materials.
Turn off any electric lines which can be affected by this procedure.
Get a plan of your house if possible so you can see where wirings and pipes pass through. Drilling through these can be fatal for anyone. Having a fire extinguisher handy will be a great idea too.
Wear protective eye goggles, gloves, and dust masks to avoid concrete dust from getting into your eyes and skin. These are abrasive and potentially harmful to your eyes and nose. If you can use tools employing dust control methods such as wet cutting then that is more recommended. This function will help pull dust away. Overheating of the tools will be prevented as well.
Wear earplugs if the tool will produce too much noise.
Inform everyone in your household about your project so they can also take extra care should they need to go near your work area.
Read the user’s manual too. Every saw has a corresponding blade for a corresponding material. The user’s manual will also tell you if the sound which the floor saw will emit can be tolerated or if ear protection needs to be worn. The proper positioning of both your body and hands will also be detailed in the manual so make sure to study this well before attempting to handle the tool. Often it is not advisable to hold the saw beyond your shoulder’s height.
Make sure the blade is not touching anything once you start the floor saw. And if you need to leave the tool, make sure to turn it off.
Wet cutting is another useful feature which a floor saw should have.
These mechanical processes should be done with a lot of focus so avoiding any distractions during operations. Another recommendation is to get the services of professionals who are experts in doing these procedures. Diesel’s cut and core provides concrete drilling, floor sawing and similar services for residential and commercial projects.