Concrete cutting is a process that employs various techniques to cut large, square or rectangle shaped incisions into either wall or slab concrete. For the process to be efficient and safe, it should be carried out by experienced people. The demand for concrete cutting has necessitated the opening up of companies that offer this services. The intended application of the cut concrete is what will determine the method used in concrete cutting. Its vital to consider the amount of concrete required before deciding on the method to be applied.
Technological advances play an important role in the process of concrete cutting today. Core drill motor and bit is used when exact, smooth circular cut are required to make openings for either plumbing or electrical installations. Drill motors are available in different sizes having mounting systems to make it easy to use them especially in vertical and horizontal cuts. For small projects, there are hand -held motors that are applicable. The power source for the motor can be air, electric or even hydraulic. There bits are available for both wet and dry cutting processes. For vertical cutting, flat saws which are also known as slab saws are the most applicable. For the flat saws to be applied in both heavy duty and light duty projects, they are available in both hand-held and electric models. The blades of flat saws are designed to cut through a number of materials and is pushed or propelled along a flat surface to make cuts. For cutting openings in concrete foundations, lowering foundation elevation and full wall removal concrete wall sawing is used. The procedure is often highly skilled and is dustless.
The use of concrete cutting is common in construction sites where cemented concrete blocks are common. A variety of projects apply concrete cutting such as parking garages, dams, sewerage treatment plants and many more. To avoid problems associated with poorly produced concrete it’s important to check it’s quality before pouring it for the project. Water chilling plants are present in most concrete cooling systems which is an important step. To avoid warming up the water chilled in a water chilling plant, a cold water tank is used to store the water that is to be used in the hydration process. To keep the concrete cool and increase the efficiency , ice can be added into the mixing drum. To maintain a uniform amount of moisture in the aggregate its important to cool it with air. When done right post pour cooling is which entails running chilled water through a network of pipes is effective.