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All About The Different Types Of Concrete Cutting "
Concrete cutting is a fairly standard process in the construction industry and is done for different purposes, like disposing of unused concrete slabs or cutting concrete to the shape and size needed for a particular project.
There are actually different concrete cutting types as you shall see in this article.
The most commonly used concrete cutting method is flat sawing. It is used to cut flat horizontal surfaces like concrete floor slabs and parking lots. Most of the time, gas, and electric saws are used for this type of concrete cutting method.
Push sawing uses a more maneuverable saw to cut through surfaces that are not easily accessible.
Wall sawing, as the name implies, cuts walls. It uses a circular saw blade that is mounted on a track machine. The machine is mounted on the wall and is operated to run back and forth against the wall to cut it. Wall swing is typically used to create openings for doors and windows or to limit demolition areas.
Hand sawing uses a hand-held saw with a circular blade to operate in areas where portability is required, like in the case of creating duct openings or creating openings in floors, walls or ceilings.
Chain sawing, on the other hand, uses a hand-held chain saw to make small rectangular openings and to square the corners of an opening.
Core drilling is used when precise circular holes are required. With the right equipment, a hole of up to 60 inches wide can be made through walls, floors, or ceiling.
Concrete grinding is what is used to smoothen uneven surfaces like rough concrete and transitions between slabs of pavement.
Concrete removal is not a specific concrete cutting method. Rather, it is a job that is done through many different methods. Tools used for the job usually include jackhammers, mini excavators, backhoes, Brokk machines, skid-steer loaders, among others.
Trenching or excavation is a process used to remove dirt to make way for thicker slabs, grade beams, or trenches for plumbing and electrical conduits.
As you can see from above, there are many types of concrete cutting jobs. Most of these jobs are standard procedures that are used in construction jobs. To get the job done, different tools and methods are used. There are times when a structural engineer needs to decide on which ones to use in order to get the job done.