[olug] Drilling Concrete Block-I'm doing it wrong
rob.townley at gmail.com
Fri Jan 3 17:27:54 CST 2020
The year was the hottest summer I had experienced in Omaha. Had to drill
about sixty 1/2in holes about four inches deep in outside concrete
decking. Each hole required twenty minutes at least, most longer.
In the fall, needed conduit in the bomb shelter for a server room. Solid
concrete block even on the ceiling. Brian with Wire-n-IT Core Drilled with
Diamond 1 1/2 Bit, slicing through a foot of concrete in moments. Core
Drills are a step up from Hammer Drills, but probably overkill for 3/8in
fastener sized holes.
In addition to HoneyMan and other dedicated rental places, some hardware
stores and Menards rent some tools. If they rent it with a diamond quality
bit, it could be worth it.
Maybe i had more time as a kid, but dont remember having as much problem
drilling thru brick and concrete.
On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 4:22 PM Kevin Neubauer <kevin.m.neubauer at gmail.com>
> Agree with Justin. You need a hammer drill to be effective at it. You also
> have to go slow with the rotation speed and apply moderate pressure, but
> not so much pressure you break the bit. You'll burn up masonry bits quick
> if you try to zip the hole in like you do with wood. If you have lots of
> holes to drill, rent or borrow a larger SDS rotary hammer drill.
> On Fri, Jan 3, 2020 at 4:15 PM Justin Reiners <justin at hotlinesinc.com>
> > Are you using a hammer drill? It increases speeds a ton when drilling
> > block, if it's block grout is much easier to drill than the block itself.
> > On Fri, Jan 3, 2020, 4:13 PM Dave Thacker <dthacker9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I'm in the process of mounting a shelf of homelab equipment on a
> > > block wall in my basement. I grabbed a masonry bit from Menards, and
> > > started drilling with my Ryobi cordless. While I expected drilling a
> > hole
> > > would take much long wood, I didn't expect to take a single hole would
> > > take over 20 minutes. When I started the second hole, I got about
> > in
> > > and the bit...melted. I've now got a bit fragment stuck in the second
> > > hole.
> > >
> > > - How long should a masonry bit last? New bit very hole?
> > > - Is there a better quality bit I should be using?
> > >
> > > Dave
> > >
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> > > Dave Thacker
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