When it comes to cutting concrete, you want to be as efficient and safe as possible. Like most construction work, you’ll need to prioritize safe and smart work to get the most out of your equipment and minimize problems or mistakes. Concrete can be difficult to work with, and whether you need to correct an issue or remove excess from your concrete structure, you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time. Here are some tips for cutting concrete.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tool for the Job
It’s important you match the right saw to the job in order to avoid mistakes and cut concrete safely. A walk-behind saw is great for heavy duty jobs, like removing an entire slab or wall of concrete, but you’ll want a precise diamond blade for fine work and clean details. You may need to rent new equipment to tackle the project, but it’s important to use the right tool to get the job done right the first time.
Scan for Buried Materials
In order to avoid issues with broken utilities or serious safety concerns, you’ll want to make sure you scan the concrete for any buried utilities that may lie underneath. By using GPR, you can identify rebar, pipes, and wiring beneath the surface of the concrete in order to keep from damaging utilities.
Always Have Spare Blades (And Keep Them Sharp)
One of the basics of working with concrete saws is to keep an eye on sharpness. By keeping your blades sharp, you can get the job done as efficiently as possible. Similarly, keeping spare blades can help you avoid losing time to sharpen a dull blade. It’s also handy to have spare blades in case of unexpected damage during the cutting process. You should also keep a variety of blades on hand in order to deal with a variety of situations on site. After all, you want to match the right tool to the job.
Get the Perfect Cut
In order to get the perfect cut every time, you’ll want to cut at the right time. Make sure your concrete is dry but not cured to avoid a messy cut and fractures along the surface. Keep your concrete structure strong by cutting precisely and efficiently on your next concrete cutting project.
Concrete Cutting and Coring Services from Concrete Visions
Concrete Visions has over 12 years of experience and expertise in concrete scanning and we know how to detect any problems lurking beneath the surface. We use ground penetrating radar accurately and expertly and are familiar with many other methods that can be used when appropriate like concrete x-ray and electromagnetic conductivity. We are also very familiar with the latest construction safety techniques and train all of our workers to do their work quickly, accurately, and safely. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give us a call at (410) 766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.