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Old 10-07-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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Cutting into the basement floor


to install plumbing for the basement bathroom.

Is there one specific tool that is better/easier/faster in regards to cutting into the concrete??

should i go at it with the sledgehammer?

or rent something a little more hightech from homedepot??

any thoughts?

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Old 10-07-2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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Rent a small hammer. Assuming that you are on a 4" slab, start 3" inside the projected hole. Put a hole in the center and work your way out to the perimeter, removing the material as you go. If you can drill a hole in the center of your project, you will create less stress to your slab.

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An electric jackhammer will make short work of it. Try to get one about 60#. 30# might be a little light, 90# is somewhat cumbersome but effective.
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You can rent a diamond concrete saw that will make a much smaller and neater opening and won't have trouble with reinforcing steel. Some are circular blade type and some are chain type.
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