I need to put a hole in a basement floor. To save my wife all the dust, I
am going to drill holes with a hammer drill, then break out the concrete.
The hole will be about 30 inches square. Question: How many holes would you
drill around the perimeter? Size of drilled hole? I have a 3/4 in hammer
drill.. How deep do I need to drill the holes. I was thinking of going
right through the slab.
Thank you for your time.
Well, do the math. 120 inches divided by .75 if you use a .75" bit. Looks
like 160 holes. 240 if you are going to use a .5" bit. That is a LOT of
drilling. Going deep enough to get through the slab is also a LOT of
drilling. And, you WILL be hitting aggregate, rebar and/or wire.
It can be done with a drill, but why would you want to do it that way?
You could also do it with a hammer and chisel, but that would take you two
Do it once, do it right. Rent a concrete saw, wet the concrete, and tell
the wife to cope. Or hire a concrete sawing company.
Most basement floors are 4 inches thick. Easy to break out with a
sledge hammer. Once you have the start of the hole, you can control
the break by undermining.
It won't give you a perfect 30 x 30 square but it will make little
dust and is easy to repair once you have done whatever it is you
are going to do.
Speaking of which, why are you doing this? Adding a footing? A
sump pump? Burial ground for dead cats?
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