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Old 10-19-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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i have a 97 year old house that needs new windows in the basement. However the old owners vented the dryer through a window cutout. Since i'm building a bathroom in the same spot, i need max light into the room, thus.. new dryer and bathroom vent hole. i've watched a couple of videos on youtube on using diamond core drill and it seems easy enough. I have a hammer drill that i have been using to tap concrete anchors for a support post. so the question is whether i can use the same hammer drill to tap our a dry and bathroom vent hole though some pretty hick old old brick walls roughtly 10 inches thick? otherwise, should i get a professional to do it? i really rather not do the chisel/hammer method to drill the hole. tx

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Ask a local plumber how much they would charge to cut the hole.
They often have the diamond bit and a water fed drill.
Works great.

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Also,Look under 'core drilling' and 'concrete cutting'.---There are companies that just make holes---
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chances are your plumber will have a 110v weka drill & a 4" bit,,, if not, you can rent the bit,,, core drilling on a brick face does take some experience due to anchoring problems,,, dropping 1 of those rigs on your toe hurts
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Two different bits, two different machines. The red bit is a wet coring bit, used with a coring rig (NOT handheld). These rigs can be mounted to a wall for cores through a vertical face. The silver bit is a hammer drill bit, for a machine like a Hilti TE-56.

If you don't care that the hole gets mangled and ragged, use the TE-56. If you want a smooth hole, the coring rig is the tool to use. Just an fyi, we own our own collection of TE-56's and TE-76's, and we also own an old B&D coring rig with the vac plate and outriggers, but we normally call in a coring company to do cores. On a job with 90 cores, we usually get charged $20-$30 per core. For a half dozen cores, we get charged the minimum trip charge, which is a half day's labor with our vendor. And we gladly pay it. Humping around a core rig for one or two holes, particularly vertical holes, is just a distraction when you're running pipe for a living. Much more enjoyable working that way.


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there is also a dry core bit similar to the wet core bit but intended for dry use. With a strong hand and a bit of luck and a little practice, this is the easiest and fastest for a one hole situation. No need to anchor the drill and it gives a very good finished hole.

you would need the proper drill for this. What you have is not the proper drill.

using a hammer drill on brick can be a problem. If not used carefully, you can break the mortar joint and cause the need for repair.

warning: dry core bits do not like rebar.
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We have a few hand held rotary hammers (like what Aggie is mentioning) and up to a 5" dry core bit. We just drilled a few 5" holes into 4" concrete veneer last week, and I'd estimate them at about 10 minutes per hole. I've drilled both 8" & 10" poured walls, as well as some brick in the past, and would say that this approach through what you have would take 30-45 minutes WITHOUT stopping. This of course requires renting some specialized tools and a lot of strength to keep the drill going. It will feel like it' snever going to go through.



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warning: dry core bits do not like rebar.

I know a mason who core drilled for their own dryer and happened to hit a pilaster becasue he was in too big of a hurry to investigate first. The pilasters were on 12' centers too, but just had to be smack-dab in the center of the core hole. I (I mean he ) will certainly agree that rebar will stop an expensive core bit in a hurry.
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ok - there's more - the reason i suggest a weka hand/held is that its the easiest way to do it,,, anchoring a core drill rig into brick isn't foolproof - we used to thru-bolt the base to the wall &, many times, had to use a spreader bar inside to distribute the bit's pressure,,, an ordinary 20amp drill weighs 30# - at the top of the drill's mast, it weighs 2X as much figuring most core bits are 12 - 14" tall.

bits come in all colors - we've got orange, black, & blue for 2" but its just what different manufacturers pick for their brands,,, dri-core bits are engineered differently from the diamond matrix to the barrels,,, probably the only thing that's the same for all bits is the thread,,, 1 can use dry bits to core wet but the reverse isn't true because of segment matrix, diamond size, & how the segs are attached to the barrel's pads.

the absolute WORST thing for a driller is running into steel - not the width but the length,,, you can core across steel BUT coring the length is a large PITA,,, if a piece of steel breaks off, the bit jams & you're likely to lose segments - OUCH - break out the spare segs & the silver solder

& so endeth this post ask the plumber

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