Concrete can be as versatile as wood or metal once you know how to the safe drilling procedure. The key is using the right tools and techniques because while concrete presents a challenge on the surface, with the right know-how, it can be easy to drill into it. Here’s how we do every job with ease and safety in mind!
Making Sure The Concrete Slab Is Safe For Drilling
Before we start making any holes, our team has to be sure that no sensitive infrastructure that could be damaged by the drilling sits behind or below the concrete. This means checking or getting a guarantee that no pipes, wiring, or ductwork could be affected should we drill into the floor or wall.
Using The Right Concrete Drilling Tools
Once we have confirmed the spot is ok and have carefully measured and marked the spot on the concrete, we can get to work. Concrete drilling is a messy business, so our team members always wear work gloves, safety goggles, ear protection, and a dust mask when performing this kind of work.
We have to use the right tools, too. Concrete drills are designed for drilling into masonry or rock with rapid hammer action, these drills, and their carbide-tipped masonry bits. They will usually include a depth guide or stop bar that we can set to make sure we don’t go in too far, as well as several different speed settings and a stop function.
Safe Drilling Comes Down To A Proper Stance
For the good of the concrete and our bodies, we must take a strong and stable stance when performing any drilling. We place our feet shoulder-width apart, get a good grip on the drill in one hand and brace ourselves against the surface with the other (many models have an auxiliary handle to give extra leverage and comfort). On the spot we made earlier, we will position the tip of the drill and keep it perpendicular as you bore into the material.
We start the drill at the lowest speed setting, giving us better control from the start. We drill forward with steady, light pressure, resisting the urge to force the tool down, and once we have reached the proper depth, we stop the drill and sweep or blow away the accumulated concrete dust and pull out the bit. If we encounter any obstructions, we stop the drill, remove it from the hole, and break up the obstacle with a masonry nail orbit made for such an occasion.
With concrete drilling, proper control and preparation keep the drill from running away on us. When leaning in, to bore the hole, the bit should be perpendicular to the concrete. Professionals know that some recoil always comes off the hammer action, so if you are new to concrete drilling, be prepared!