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How to Beat Concrete Cancer

Hello, my name is Tony and this is my concrete installation and maintenance blog. I am not a professional concrete contractor but I am very passionate about DIY. My dad was a contractor and when I was growing up he taught me all kinds of neat tips and tricks. Once time, he took me out into the yard and made me inspect the concrete wall. The concrete was crumbling away, exposing the metal bars beneath. My father explained that this was concrete cancer and then demonstrated how to repair the damage. I hope you find my blog useful and entertaining.

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How to Install New Conduit in Concrete Without Too Much Disruption

by Eileen Jordan

If you're involved in a renovation job at home or in work, then you will be trying to figure out how to complete the job without causing too much disruption to the status quo. You may need to install some new electrical wiring conduits, water pipes, phone lines or air conditioning ducts into an existing concrete structure, and you'll definitely want to make sure that you do so without causing too much damage to the concrete. What is the best method to use in this situation?

Core Drilling Methods

As your job calls for the creation of symmetrical, round holes then you are best advised to use a core drilling method using a specific type of equipment. Typically, this will involve a motorised driver, a sturdy handle and a variety of different drill bits which are usually coated with either carbide or diamond. Once the core drilling equipment has been inserted and removed it will leave a perfectly clean hole and the pellet or core can be discarded when everything is finished.

These drill bits are designed in such a way that they will not crush the concrete when they are applied but will instead cut cleanly and deeply into the concrete surface in the same way as a sharp knife would cut through butter.

Concrete core drilling is in widespread use wherever smoothly cut holes have to be installed into floors, ceilings or walls at any facility. Not only is the process quick, but it also involves a minimal amount of cleanup once the job is complete.

Industry Standardisation

Many different drill bits are available, and they are typically matched to the standard size requirements found in the plumbing, cabling, ducting or electrical industries. Therefore, unless your job is abnormal, you will probably be able to find drill bits that are perfectly matched to your requirement.

Larger Jobs

If your job is quite extensive, however, you may be able to bring in larger electric or hydraulic core drilling equipment. You may be able to use rotary core drilling methods in this case as well, depending on what type of result you seek.

Scheduling the Work

This type of work is best left to the experts, especially as the equipment can be quite heavy or cumbersome. You want to make sure that you do this job correctly at the first pass of course and should bring in experienced contractors to help you.

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