There’s More to Concrete Core Drilling Than You Might Think
Drilling holes sounds easy enough, right? You might think again. There’s a lot to consider, especially if you’re deciding between doing it yourself and hiring a core drilling specialist.
You’ll Need the Right Tools
It’s harder to make precise cuts in concrete when using your standard power tools. Core drilling involves core drilling machines and core drill bits to do a variety of types of concrete cutting.
And when it comes to concrete, diamond drilling is what you need. Diamond tipped core drill bits will help you cut through heavy-duty concrete surfaces.
Bit extensions for the drill may also be necessary, depending on how deep you want to go.
You’ll Need the Right Technology
It doesn’t stop with the type of drill. A variety of techniques are required for properly handling concrete cutting projects of nearly any size and at any depth.
Using our state-of-the-art technologies, we can remove precision-cut round segments or cylinders from a central part for structural testing, analysis of embedded rocks and other strata.
You’ll also want to know what’s under the surface before you begin sawing. A ground-penetrating radar (GPR) allows you to avoid hazards and choose the optimum point for penetration.
We perform concrete core cutting to create openings for:
- Water pipes and sewers
- Electrical conduits
- HVAC vents
- Fiber optics
- Telecommunications and phone lines
- Testing highway and air landing strips infrastructure
- Bridge construction and repair
Concrete Core Drilling FAQs
What is concrete core drilling?
Core drilling is simply drilling into concrete–whether it’s to create smaller anchor holes, bigger manholes, or tearing a large diameter into concrete structures. It requires special core drilling machines and core drill bits. It can also be used to take concrete samples for testing.
What is concrete coring?
Concrete coring is drilling and removing a cylinder-shaped portion of concrete. It may be to create smaller anchor holes, bigger manholes, or tearing a large diameter into concrete structures. Special equipment is required.
What is the purpose of concrete coring?
Concrete coring is used to drill holes of various sizes into concrete. It may be to create openings for water pipes and sewers, electrical conduits, HVAC vents, fiber optics, and more. It can also be used to take concrete samples.
How deep can you core drill concrete?
As deep as your tools can take you. You can special-order longer drill bits, but standard ones max out around 5 feet. You can also core drill to a wide range of widths.
Can you use a normal drill for core drilling?
You technically can, but we wouldn’t recommend it. You can risk a wrist injury–not to mention requiring more time and more drill bits. It’s best to use a drill specifically designed to drill into concrete with diamond core bits to cut through heavy-duty concrete surfaces.
Which cities does Cascade Concrete offer core drilling services?
While our main office is located in Federal Way, we serve the Puget Sound and the western Washington area including Bellevue, Federal Way, Kent, Olympia, Puyallup, Seattle and Tacoma.