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Old 03-11-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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I need to dig Granite in tight space


I need to dig a hole the size of a bucket with extra room around for gravel.
Problem is what I'm digging is granite rock.
The space I'm working is tight. I have a furnace and a water heater in the crawl space and it likes to get wet like Lake Ontario. I want to put a sump pump below the floor surface. Which so happens to be ledge. The house was built in 1750 and so happens to be a pain in my ass. Plus my wife loves. Ugh!
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Perhaps a Welsh miner will read this and have a solution.

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Enough room for one of these?

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Old 03-12-2011, 09:29 AM   #4
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Enough room for one of these?

Ayuh,...
That's the tool ya need for diggin' solid rock...
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Enough room for one of these?
Thanks I don't have one of those but I'll look into it.
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Rent the tool, it will save your back, possibly your marriage.
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Thanks I don't have one of those but I'll look into it.

I bought a cheapo one to do something similar, but not as bad. I'll be cutting through some concrete "rat proofing" (ironically, when I was down in the crawlspace, there was a dead rat on the rat proofing!) And drilling holes for foundation anchors.

I bought a (yes, yes, I know) ... Harbour Freight SDS Rotary Hammer. It cost $60. That's about the cost of renting a Hilti for a day. Buying a Hilti would be a grand.

If I needed one for more heavy duty work, I'd look into a different brand, but the cheapest "good" SDS rotary hammer is still around $200. So ... $60. And yes, I did a bit of research and quite a few people thought that the HF SDS RH was NOT garbage...at least not garbage enough for a few projects!
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Thanks I'll take that into consideration.

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