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Old 11-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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I am drilling into a very old foundation and the standard concrete bits don't do anything. I'm using a hammer drill and the bits are from HomeDepot. I think they would do fine on brick and cment blocks but the foundation is solid. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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Sure the drills running in the right direction?
Unless I'm hitting a stone in concrete I've never had on not work.
What size hole?
What drill are you trying to use?

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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I'm using a Dewalt 1/2" also I have a local brand Mastercraft hammardrill. The hole size is 3/16. I agree I may be hitting a rock but I would think it would shatter after a while.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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Try Bosch masonry bits---they are the best ones you will find without going to a specialty house---

I use them all the time and go through some tough materials----
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if the bosch bits dont work get yourself the hilti rotary hammer drill bits and just put it in the chuck of your regular hammer drill.
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Sounds like you need something like the bits mentioned. Your real tool supplier will have carbide and diamond tipped masonry bits. Might be worth it since 3/16" is a size you will use a lot I suspect.

Are you able to get into the surface at all. If so, are you sure you are not hitting steel rebar, plate or something as you go? A masonry bit will not help much with that!
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"using bits from Home Depot". Home Depot sells a number of brands of so-called "masonry bits". A good, known brand, such as the Bosch mentioned may be the answer to your problem. Now--is the DeWalt 1/2" drill a "hammer drill"? I'm not familiar with the Mastercraft, so I can't judge it. You will need (can we say "must have") a good hammerdrill to do this job. I have drilled into a lot of old concrete and I don't know whether it was because of it's age or mix back then, but they are harder than today's concrete. 1) A good, brand name, carbide tipped masonry bit, and 2) a good, preferably brand name, hammer drill should drill into this concrete. Granted that a stone or re-bar will make the job harder. Someone with experience can tell if they are hitting a stone or a metal re-bar, but both can be drilled through with the proper tools and procedure.
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Great advice from all. The tool I mentioned "Mastercraft" is from a company called Canadian Tire. I din't think they have entered the U.S. market but I'm sure you have similar companies. They aren't bad, but I consider their tools to be mostly throw away after use. I may have to invest in a good hammer drill ... Bosch, Dewalt, etc. but as my use for a hammer drill is limited, it's one of those investments to think about.
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hte mastercraft tools hes talking about are known as kobalt in the u.s

come from the same manufacturere im pretty sure just get a differnt brand tag
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NEVER use a rotary-hammer / hammer-drill w/diamond bits UNLESS you have deep pockets - you'll destroy them in a heartbeat,,, we routinely use apron / vest store 3/8" carbide bits w/sds chuck for epoxy crack injection - never any troubles - they're cheap & we can always find an apron / vest store for more
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Heck, I've never even heard of a "diamond masonry bit", other than core bits that would fit in a huge core rig. I highly doubt you're going to find a diamond core bit at 3/16" though...........

As others said above, buy a decent carbide tipped SDS bit, and carefully chuck it into you're drill. It may take a few times tweeking the orientation in the chuck to keep it from wobbling.
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Heck, I've never even heard of a "diamond masonry bit", other than core bits that would fit in a huge core rig. I highly doubt you're going to find a diamond core bit at 3/16" though...........
I have one 1/4"d. It is a core bit but fits a standard drill chuck.
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I have one 1/4"d. It is a core bit but fits a standard drill chuck.
I'd LOVE to see a picture of a 1/4" diameter diamond core bit...............
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I'd LOVE to see a picture of a 1/4" diameter diamond core bit...............
They are sold as masonry, concrete and tile bits. I have used mine mainly for drilling into masonry and concrete to fit anchors for hanging art. Has always worked flawlessly. I see there is a 3/16" bit for about $15.

http://dewalt.com/tool-parts/drillin...tile-bits.aspx
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Look on E-bay I use a lot of 1/4" hollow diamond bits-----I get them from Hong Kong for about $15.00 a dozen.

Use them for drilling porcelain tile.

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